In the beginning
evolves conceptually from the sea as a universal and regenerative life
source. The work extends the ocean into the building, linking academic
study, scientific research, history and natural context.
The undulating wall
of the Marine Sciences Building lobby peels open, from the floor to
the atrium ceiling, to reveal a layer of the ocean developed in a liquid
tapestry of illusionary shadow images. Water is incorporated as a living
element, and symbolic sculptural gesture.
Analysis of the ocean, etched on to the glass to interact with the kinetic skin of water has been drawn from the research activities related to the Marine Sciences laboratory facility which include: tides and currents, ocean floor, ecology, aquatic invertebrates, cell structure, plankton, aquatic ecosystems, marine macroalgae, sediment dynamics and crustacean behavior, among others.
Commissioned by State of Connecticut for Marine Sciences Building through the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts