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March 19, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Artists seeking community input for public art installation in Bloomington

Sculpture detail


Artists Jiangmei Wu and Jon Racek are seeking community input for a public art project to be located at 2nd and Walnut Streets in Downtown Bloomington.

The project, entitled “(C)olumn” will be a 13-foot tall illuminated column-shaped “room” fabricated of stainless steel.  (C )olumn was selected to serve as a gateway to the BEAD district.

A unique feature of (C)olumn is its participatory and inclusive design. Built into the final design process is an opportunity for public involvement.  The sculpture as designed is comprised of individual words describing Bloomington which define not only the column’s structure but also its visual composition as well. The artists are inviting the public to visit the project’s website by April 16 at and suggest words that describe aspects of Bloomington for possible inclusion in the composition.  The artists will select from words submitted to complete the final column design.  The words will then be lasercut into steel using digital fabrication equipment. The sculpture is scheduled to be installed in fall of 2014 and is being administered by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission through the City’s Percentage for the Arts program.

Both artists are members of the Indiana University Department of Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design. Jiangmei Wu earned her undergraduate degree in urban planning and design from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University in Shanghai, her master of science in interior design, and her master of fine arts in graphic design, both from Indiana University. She prefers to work in overlapping spaces between art, design, mathematics, science and engineering. Recently she has been investigating the tectonic relationship between geometry, surface texture, algorithm, and making techniques through the art and science of paper folding. Her new collection of Folded Light Art, has gained attention world-wide and has been published in many design magazines internationally. Jon Racek, trained as an architect, is a multidisciplinary designer whose expertise ranges from architectural, landscape and industrial design. His work has been exhibited domestically and internationally and has been published in numerous publications including the New York Times and Time Magazine.

(C)olumn marks Wu and Racek’s first public art project for the City of Bloomington.

Miah Michaelsen
Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts
Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, City of Bloomington
401 N. Morton St., P.O. Box 100
Bloomington, IN  47402
v. 812.349.3534   f.  812.349.3520

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