- Product Design
- Visual Communications
- Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Merit Award, 2003
This piece was commissioned for a major museum expansion and reorganization for the Eastern Washington State Historical Society’s Cheney Cowles Museum in Spokane, Washington. Located in the new entry pavilion, our solution addressed three programmatic components. First, the piece is a sculptural icon for the entry pavilion and is located at the head of the grand staircase, which descends to the exhibit galleries. Second, the piece acts as a screen for the café area beyond. Third, the piece incorporates donor recognition for the museum’s 600 capital campaign contributors.
Titled “Fire Lodge”, the piece evokes the image of the Native American lodges of the central Washington paloose and their fire pits as symbols for a gathering place. Located in a contemporary architectural context the materials include burnished stainless steel and tinted acrylic with screen-printed text. Compositionally the piece explores the dynamics of translucency, pattern and volume. An abstract pattern based on Native American baskets creates the background screen for the café area. Donor names are screen printed on the clear green tinted face panels.