Client: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, OR, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $53,000
Public Art Agent
Oregon Arts Commission
Based on an original watercolor painting, this 5' x 19', two-sided work is sandblasted and painted with vitreous enamels. A sound insulating laminate reduces transference of sound through the glass membrane.
Elemental Endowment pays tribute to Oregon State University’s unique status as the only public university in the United States to be named a Land, Sea, Space and Sun Grant institution. As such, OSU offers extensive programming and courses related to agriculture, oceanography, outer space and energy. Each panel of this art work evokes those elements of land, sun, space and water through pattern, abstraction, and color. Alex Hirsch hopes her imagery will take people somewhere beyond what they are seeing, outside of the interiors of the Memorial Union where the work is located, and simultaneously deeper into themselves. She designed the composition to read well from both sides since it is installed in a wall between a reception area and an event space.
Alex Hirsch coordinated the development and execution of this commission in consultation with the architecture firm, lighting designer, contractor, installation expert, state arts organization and fabrication studio.