HICKMAN BETSY ROSS SCHOOL FINALIST PROPOSAL
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Ross School (finalist)
New Haven, Connecticut
Transparent Glass Mosaic
proposed artwork comprised a glass mosaic Star of Le Moyne quilt pattern
to cover two window panels above the side door to the school’s Barnes
Avenue drop off entrance. The design is simple and elegant. It is
linked to the folk art tradition of quilting both in its design and
its labor-intensive process. The many thousands of small glass pieces
would all be cut and attached by hand. The artwork would reinforce
the Betsy Ross flag scheme and is appropriate for young children.
Quilting is a significant American tradition. It essentially represents
the nation's joining together of peoples, families, and traditions.
Betsy Ross is the most recognized quilting figure. The American flag
is the quintessential quilt. From the exterior the artwork would be
welcoming. It would highlight the entrance like a banner. From the
interior it's stunning light play would set the tone. Transparent
glass mosaic is faceted, and doesn't sit flat on the base surface.
The brilliant glistening effect is like crushed diamonds. Objects
on the other side of the glass become distorted like impressionist