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Playful Prisms

Submitted by Katz-James Textile Design

Client: Children's Hospital

Location: St. Paul, MN, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $17,000

Project Team


Gail Katz-James

Art Consultant



Playful Prisms started as an exploration of color: warm versus cool colors and the natural progression of sunlight from daytime into night. It became an interactive study of colors, patterns, shapes and objects. Visitors are encouraged to turn the orange handles until each display case is filled with matching surfaces– all four prisms can be turned to show the flat painted sides (which make a picture), pattern of washers, or collection of found objects. All twelve prisms may be matched to form larger patterns across the wall, or rearranged by each visitor for maximum enjoyment.