A new permanent installation at Georgia Tech advances safety and the arts – WABE

A new permanent installation at Georgia Tech advances safety and the arts – WABE

A new installation promoting art and safety is on permanent display at Crossland Tower on the Georgia Tech campus. Tristan Al-Haddad, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture and owner of Formations Studio, was commissioned to create the Crosland Chroma project. The installations around the terrace on the seventh floor of Crossland have been designed for aesthetic and safety reasons. Al-Haddad joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom to explain how his team’s latest work serves his space in form and function.

Interview highlights:

Balanced fields between art and engineering:

“My entire life, my entire career, has been balancing what I call technology and concepts, so we often find that the two camps don’t really align and sometimes don’t even have a dialogue,” Al-Haddad said. “At the end of the day, there are no substantive ideas that are just ideas. That’s okay, but the way we work and what we’re really after is material expression, the material realization of ideas, so that requires conceptual ideas, aesthetic intentions, perceptual intentions, and technological reality of fabrication ; the physical material world, wind, gravity, all those things.”

“This piece, ‘Crosland Chroma’, I describe as the beloved son of public art and public safety,” Al-Haddad continued. “The piece should be a sensual piece, an abstract sensual piece, meant to be experienced, to be felt. It is intended to bring a playful pleasure…and a physical experience on the terrace, to feel the light and The way the landscape is constantly changing.”

Visual metaphors expressed through light diffraction:

“The piece is made from 192 pieces, so-called ‘dichroic polycarbonate’ fins, which are twisted 90 degrees from bottom to top,” explains Al-Haddad. “This dichroic material absorbs…pure light from the sun and breaks it down into a spectrum of colors. So conceptually what this piece is talking about is, ‘How do we get from the idea of ​​a library as a body of knowledge? Incredibly diverse ideas?'”

He continued: “If light is the subject of knowledge, then this spectral experience is actually the diversity of thought captured in the library. Beyond that, the university itself – we have such a diversity of minds, such a diversity of It truly becomes a representation of diversity in the library and across the University.”

How “Crossland Chroma” provides security while protecting vision:

“The piece is on the seventh floor of the Crossland Tower, which is part of Georgia Tech’s central library, and it’s about 100 feet off the ground, so obviously people can walk to the edge and there are security issues. So the way it works It actually has to act as a code-compliant guardrail.”

“These dichroic polycarbonate fins are lined up, and they form a kind of continuous plane until about 42 inches above the finished deck of the patio…and when they get to the top, they’re vertical,” Al-Haddad said. “Not only does it create this spectral range, when the light goes through these little nanotech prisms that you can’t see, we get … it’s a continuous plane with the fence twisting 90 degrees open, almost dissolving visually, and Allowing to go back to the city centre because the views of the city centre and the city centre are spectacular.”

For more information on the Crosland Chroma Project at Georgia Tech’s campus library, visit www.library.gatech.edu/news/crosland-chroma-project-coming-soon.


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