MARIN ARTS COUNCIL
Request for proposals for a Public Art Installation
MARIN COUNTY HEALTH & WELLNESS CAMPUS
Submission date: March 31, 2009
Artist: ROGER ARVID ANDERSON
Project Description with Supporting Materials:
Proposal: WINDOW WELLS for the WELLNESS WALL
I have created a series of 9 sculptural reliefs called WINDOW WELLS created in wood, but designed to be cast in BRONZE and secured to the designated wall of the Marin County Health & Wellness Campus.
For easy viewing the WINDOW WELLS will be laid out in two staggered horizontal rows, within a four to six foot parameter, and secured to the wall with epoxy-reinforced bolts.
The PATINAS on the bronzes will be matched to the six pastel colors plus the metallic silvers used in the decorative scheme for the plaza.
Each WINDOW WELL will have one of those colors as a predominant shade in its patina with the word or words incorporated in each design highlighted by a silvery patina.
To PRESERVE and protect the colors each of the WINDOW WELLS will be sealed with an environmentally secure lacquer called Perma-lac
My notion of "WINDOW WELLS for the WELLNESS WALL" is a fusion of ideas drawn from many cultures. Obviously these sculptural structures are frameworks, which celebrate certain words regarding hope, health and wellness.
On a small scale the traditional 'get well card' is a paper framework for words of hope and encouragement. In the American Southwest the "retablo" is a framework for tin or wood panels decorated by a santero, a painter of saints. These retablos are often colorfully painted.
In Asian cultures individual words or phrases with spiritual or philosophic importance are carved in relief, their calligraphy often gold-lacquered, and then framed and hung from walls or pillars.
In Africa and the African diaspora home altars were a focus for prayers often asking for good health as is the case with so many prayers.
HEALTH is both a scientific and spiritual issue. My WINDOW WELLS are meant to serve that dialogue as universal symbols of light.
A WINDOW WELL is in of itself a passage or portal for the flow of light.
These WINDOW WELLS are also wells of enlightenment. The geometry of the frameworks in their variety incorporates words that call upon us to reflect on the issues of health and well-being.
Simple words in their isolation ask of us to think about their meaning.
H: 30 3/16" W: 21" D: 6"
H: 26 15/16" W: 21 7/8" D: 4 3/8"
H: 33 3/8" W: 16 7/8" D: 6"