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Prairie Ice

Math and Science Building, University of Minnesota

Morris, Minnesota

2001

Description

In this outdoor landscape sculpture and interior installation, images of the winter refer to the mutable forms of the local northern terrain. Sliced and etched granite seating of glacial boulders and a prairie landscape garden provide a definition for the exterior entry. Playing with light and alluding to the physical qualities of ice, three chandeliers made of water-jet cut aluminum snowflakes descend from the rotunda ceiling. The diffraction and reflection of light from their surfaces recall the qualities of snow, ice, and sun.

Information

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Photo Credit Rik Sferra

Location
Math and Science Building, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN

Date
2001

Medium
Waterjet Cut Brushed Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Halogen Lighting

Commissioned by
Public Art on Campus, University of Minnesota

Architect
Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Architects, St. Paul, Minnesota

Engineer
Van Sickle Allen Associates, Minneapolis, MN

Subcontractor
Cold Spring Granite Co., Cold Spring, MN
Fed Tech, Mounds View, MN

Client Reference
Sherry Willis, Public Art on Campus Coordinator, University of Minnesota

Photography 
Rik Sferra,
Minneapolis, MN