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Americans for the Arts Recognizes Glass Artist Anne Marie Karlsen’s Creation

Post Time:Jul 13,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:500

Glass artist Anne Marie Karlsen’s work at the Lawndale Library in Lawndale, Calif., has been recognized by the nonprofit organization, Americans for the Arts, as one of the 40 best public art works in the United States.

Titled Subdivisions, the project had an $81,000 budget and was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Karlsen, who is also a Santa Monica College Art professor, created a wall that features a tower of blues, yellows and greens. Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany, fabricated the glass.

The artwork is made up of eight repeated geometric patterned panels that intricately reconfigure historical photographs significant to the City of Lawndale. According to the L.A. County Arts Commission, Karlsen worked closely with the Lawndale Historical Society to research the historic photographs used in the artwork.

Standing floor-to-ceiling, 20 feet high and 15 feet wide, the wall “resembles a patchwork of color with no apparent rhyme or reason. But on closer inspection, it becomes clear that each tile is made using images drawn from Lawndale’s past,” noted an article from The Daily Breeze (CLICK HERE to read more of that article).

According to information from the L.A. County Arts Commission, the creation of Subdivisions was inspired by the building and its reference to mid-century modern design, especially related to wall paper and tile patterns.

A focal point of the library’s glass corridor, Karlsen’s wall is a dominating presence indoors as well as out as during the day the panels are lit by sunlight and can be read from both outside and inside; they are illuminated by interior artificial light at night.

Source: http://www.decorativeglassmag.comAuthor: shangyi

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