Made possible by the 1% for Art program, this 2019 project for Turnagain Elementary School in Anchorage is a panoramic display of Alaskan fauna floating within a matrix of stained and leaded glass, both clear and colored.
Including both smaller and larger elements with plays on scale, the “seek-and-find” imagery in See Us Now portrays some animals in jewel-like bursts of semi-transparent color, while others are outlined in clear glass – a beautiful, ghost-like linework of the depicted animal allowing for light infiltration and a “pass-through” viewing of the out-of-doors.
The Alaska-native animals selected for the final design were chosen in collaboration with the students during an “in-house” workshop prior to commencement of the work. A survey of local animal species was assembled and researched, then voted upon for inclusion. The final work stands as a permanent taxonomical identification challenge for students to enjoy.
Special thanks go out to:
· Turnagain Elementary School students and staff
· Municipality of Anchorage and the 1% for Art program
· Anchorage School District
· Carol and Tom Lewando
· Principal Helena Batman
· Jeff Cooper
· John Ready
· Aiden Lieb
· All of the road construction/repair crews that make the United States and the Canadian highways and interstate roads safe for 5366 miles from Minnesota to LA to Anchorage (the glass made it all in fine condition; thanks!)
· Sqvibl and LilBoi