Ann Marie Schneider


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Temporary, site specific installation of shimmering mylar fishing lures bring light into the darkest areas of a student housing courtyar

1.  View of installation from courtyard below.  
2.  Sketches, models and test lines of mylar smile blades.

3.   View of installed lines from residence hall (Image by collaborator Dorothy Faris)

Mithun’s  concept for Terry Maple Hall at the University of Washington played on the parity of light within the interior courtyard by varying the apertures of windows based on their solar aspect.  Asked to create a temporary installation, I proposed the introduction of light in dark areas of the courtyard using mylar fishing lures (“smile blades”) for their ability to attract, strong weather resistance, and evocation of Seattle’s marine ecology and economy.  The cables were fabricated  by a local firm in the tradition of trolling lines and anchored to the building face at specific datums that corresponded to solar light levels. The resulting shimmer appeared to travel upward along the lines like a flickering digital display.


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