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Sky Veil | Wall Treatments by Widgery Studio | Second District Juvenile Court in Ogden
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Sky Veil - Wall Treatments

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"Sky Veil" at the Second District Juvenile Court in Ogden bringing a moment of beauty into a time of stress. Sky Veil, 2015, dichroic glass and steel. My challenge was to transform the courthouse environment for those who are visiting the courthouse in a time of sorrow and stress. The glass curtain wall that slices through the volume of the building and creates beautiful lobbies outside each courtroom is the most dramatic element in the architecture of the courthouse. From these windows, we can see the surrounding landscape and the sky. By putting panels of dichroic glass on the face of these casings, the visitors who enter the spaces see the reflection of the sky and mountains behind and to the east through a veil of color. The view is limitless and boundaries are removed. The structure of the curtain wall is dematerialized and there nothing between you and the sky. Nothing shuts you in. The light that bounces off the dichroic glass and projects into the space is moving throughout the day as the angle of the light changes and the sky changes color. The image is the reflection of the dramatic landscape and sky. No art imagery could match this to sooth to the soul. The majesty of the mountains and the beauty of clouds touched by the sun are brought into the room in fragmented slivers that appear and disappear as we move by them. They are as insubstantial and as quick as a door that opens and closes on a young life.

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Catherine Widgery’s practice of creating site-specific artworks for the public realm spans over 30 years. She has built her career around making public art because she is inspired by the richness of new places and meeting the people who will live with the artwork. Her works support multiple levels of meaning and experience. Anyone, child or art curator, will find something compelling to engage their senses, body and mind. She believes that giving her viewers something unexpected or intriguing helps awaken them to their surroundings. She engages them through mystery, ambiguity, changeability, animation and altered but recognizable imagery. The interpretation resides within the participant. Visitors are embraced by her artworks that often exist as shimmering light or movement in a shifting environment. Permeable, dematerialized, appearing and disappearing, her works in the public realm are never the same since it is nature’s energies and the viewer’s participation that determine the art at any given moment.

Catherine Widgery and her team have created more than 40 site-specific public art projects across the US and Canada. Her particular interest and strength are working with communities and teams to create environmental sculptural experiences that respond to the unique spirit, shape and function of a place. Wind, light, water and computer-controlled lighting programs communicate energy and animate the space within her environmental works. Catherine enlists an experienced team of talented specialists to ensure that every project is produced on time and within budget. She knows the best projects are the result of a lively dialogue between the stakeholders and the design team.

Catherine grew up wandering the forests and creeks around her family’s home outside of Pittsburgh and passed huge rivers and roaring steel mills each day on the way to school in town. This mixture of nature with built urban environments shaped her perceptions of the ever-changing balance between the two.

In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums, her award-winning projects have been featured on the covers of Sculpture, Landscape Architecture, Espace and World Sculpture News magazines.

Her most recent awards include the CODAawards Best Projects of 2015 for both Healthcare and Transportation, First Prize (Tidal Song)in the TGK 2012 International Competition and the PAN/Americans for the Arts selection of Cloudbreak outstanding artwork at 2011 conference.