"CYCLES" - University of Hawai’i West O'ahu Library, Honolulu , Hawai’i

in collaboration with the artist Carol Bennet

Client: Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
Architect: John M. Hara
Photo credits: Carol Bennett

Technique: Photovoltaic cells laminated between two pieces of safety glass with airbrushed enamels and gold leafing.

"My first venture into stained glass with Peters was both exhilarating and daunting, as I am a self-taught glass artist, with each subsequent commission I’m thrilled to earn while I learn with their creative and instructive expertise."

Carol Bennett, Artist

DESCRIPTION: By day, Cycles is used for campus way-finding and works as a reverse painting on glass. Vibrant colours and metallics (gold and silver leaf) catch natural light and give movement as the sun arcs through the day. By night, the beacon glows from within and becomes a clock tower, with four animated light shows to mark every quarter hour. The Show is directed by a computerized astronomical clock within the 28 ft. tall, 4 sided tower. Cycles contain symbols that link to the past and reach towards the future. Ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, found in the area connect past and present generations.

Physical characteristics in relationship to the mountains, the sea, the moon, and the sun are also present. A 12 ft. fingerprint indicates the mark the individual leaves on the school, and the school upon the individual - or it is reminiscent of agrarian fields of the area.

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