Client: Oklahoma State University
Location: Stillwater, OK, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $302,500
Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.
Oklahoma State University
The Henry Bellmon Research Center currently houses 6 categories of study – Synthetic Chemistry, Biodiversity, Biophysics, Photonics, Bioforensics and Biogeophysics. For each of these six areas Huether worked with the University to obtain multiple microscopic images for each area of study. He then chose one of each, digitally manipulated the color and transcribed that image from a microcosm to macrocosm. This transcription from micro to macro was manifested into 6-foot diameter, art glass disks with glass fusing, enameling and lamination. The main focus was to make the often-unseen beauty of science visible through the eye of an artist.
The goals of this project were to pay tribute to the integrity of the building and the goings-on inside in a seamless way that would also complement the surrounding architectural and natural surroundings.