Reflectance Field l ascending descending
place: University of Oregon
2021 LONDON INTERNATIONAL
CREATIVE COMPETITION AWARD
CHANCE BASED SOUND SCULPTURE IN PENTATONIC SCALE
REFLECTANCE FIELD is suspended within the interior void of the monumental main stair of the University of Oregon's new Tykeson Hall and touches every level of the building.
The siting within this place of chance encounters is intentional.
70 cables spanning four stories
1200 static and dynamic parts
pentatonic scale C, E, G, A, D
collaborative instrument play
chance encounters, chance music
It is composed of individual “threads” held in tension. From a distance, the first impression may be of a field of rain as the reflective surfaces create a play of light and movement. But REFLECTANCE FIELD is interactive, as 35 carefully placed chimes transform the sculpture into a collaborative musical instrument.
An abstract sculpture of static and dynamic elements, it brings a visual and auditory experience to Tykeson Hall that encourages collaboration and expression.
In CHANCE MUSIC some element of the composition is left to chance, and/or some primary element of a composed work is left to the determination of its performer(s).
REFLECTANCE FIELD PROJECT TEAM
SUSAN NARDULI STUDIO: Artist
OFFICE 52 ARCHITECTURE: Design Architect Tykeson Hall
ROWELL BROKAW: Executive Architect Tykeson Hall
ARKTURA LLC: Artwork Custom Fabrication
NOUS ENGINEERING: Artwork Engineer
FORTIS CONSTRUCTION: Artwork Installation
COMMISSIONED BY THE OREGON ARTS COMMISSION