My intent of this sculpture is to evoke the feeling of harmony. The location of this sculpture, in front of the conservatory, will add to that emotion. The idea of the sphere is the most essential part of it. A circle or sphere can mean a lot of different things to people but I know that to most people, it is a symbol of unity, wholeness, and being infinite. Those key meanings are what I want the audience to contemplate The spiral aspect of the sphere is meant for aesthetics. The sculpture will look different at various angles and that is important to me. I don’t want it to just be the same thing all the time, just depending how you look at it, it could be different each time. As far as the size goes, the idea of making the sculpture almost twice the size of a person is supposed to make people think of sustainability as an issue that is bigger than themselves.
This sculpture will sit on a circular base with a diameter large enough to be able to support the whole sphere. Attached to the base will be 3 rods extending from it to add more support to the sphere.
The University of Washington Bothell has taken part in the restoration of 58 acres of wetlands since 1998. This project is one of the largest floodplain restorations in the Pacific Northwest and through the years it truly has been a community effort to restore, maintain, and conserve this ecosystem.
My work on this sculpture is meant to represent environmental sustainability because it is a principle that UWB strongly prioritizes. Humans and nature can coexist in harmony. I felt that it was important to symbolize that everything is interconnected with one another – social/cultural elements, the environment, and the economy. You can’t have one without the other.
|(Support) Corrosion-Resistant High-Strength Stainless Steel Rods 3.5” thick||1,044 x 3 = 3,132|
|(Base) Corrosion-Resistant High-Strength Stainless Steel Sheets 2.5” thick||833 x 2 = 1,666|
|(Sphere) Economy grade stainless steel 48”x48” and 0.060” thick||251 x 10 = 2,510|
|The remainder of the money will be used for fabrication costs. i.e. cutting, formation, welding|