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Spectrascape | Wall Treatments by Wowhaus | Berkeley Public Library West Branch in Berkeley
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Spectrascape - Wall Treatments

Featured In Berkeley Public Library West Branch, Berkeley, CA

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Etched Dichroic Glass & Cast Glass with Frit
This piece is inspired by satellite imagery of global wind currents. Artwork echoes the sustainable focus of this Platinum LEED library, which utilizes passive solar and is ventilated by using negative pressure to pull in fresh air. Architecturally integrated throughout this light-filled building, the artwork enlivens patrons’ experience as they move through the library, providing a series of engaging discoveries.

Images 4 & 5
Hand-cut starfire glass prismatic glass
5 Prismatic glass refracts view of nature outside library, creating fantastical patterns and inviting patrons to interact with the artwork, observing wildlife more closely. Artwork echoes the environmental focus of this Platinum LEED building.

Images 6 & 7
Etched Dichroic Glass
8’ h etched reflective dichroic glass map of West Berkeley reflects the unique cultural diversity of the City, casting multi-colored light on patrons as they pass by the artwork.

Image 8
Silkscreen baked enamel
Satellite imagery of Pacific Ocean wave patterns evokes the nearby San Francisco Bay.

Commissioned by: Berkeley Public Art Program • Collaborated with Harley Ellis Devereaux Architects • Fabrication: Dorothy Lenehan Glass • Installation: Berkeley Glass • Photography: Hans Kwiotek • Special thanks to: Suzanne Tan, Kathe Hashimoto & David Snippen

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Founded in 1997, Wowhaus is a trans-disciplinary art and design team whose work spans public art, strategic planning, design and architecture. A collaboration between Scott Constable and Ene Osteraas-Constable, Wowhaus explores the common denominators of everyday life, the central question of how things, places and relationships acquire meaning. We embrace a systems-based, community-engaged approach, finding inspiration in the cultural, historical and ecological factors that shape a sense of place. Our projects connect individuals and communities to their current ecological and societal realities, aiming to strengthen the mutually beneficial potential of each.