"SOLAR ILUMINATION I: THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE" - Pearl Avenue Branch Library, San Jose, USA
in collaboration with Lynn Goodpasture
The Pearl Ave. commission was not only my introduction to the finer aspects of solar technology, it was also my first experience working with the Peters Studios, and it marked the great start of a long relationship. I was also greatly impressed with the meticulous craftsmanship that Peters brought to the fabrication of the Pearl Ave. solar windows and the suspended glass lamp which is illuminated with color-changing LEDs.
– Lynn Goodpasture, Artist
DESCRIPTION: Four Glass windows in the children’s section are embedded with photovoltaic cells that in turn power a suspended glass LED-illuminated lamp in the entry. The artwork’s imagery explores the evolution of alphabets as the foundation of the written word. Each window contains characters in scripts that are the basis for written Latin, Russian, Vietnamese and numerous Indian languages. "We are all one" is engraved repeatedly in cuneiform on the lamp. As this installation explores cultural differences in the windows, the color changing lamp bridges those distinctions by celebrating what we share.