University Museums

Title: Light Projecting Helices
Name: Sculpture
Date: 1997
Medium: Stainless steel cables with diachronic coating, holographic laminated glass, light, 48 tapering glass sections
Dimensions: 24 x 384 x 72 in. (61 x 975.4 x 182.9 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: An Iowa Art in State Buildings Project for Jacobson Athletic Building. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: U97.3
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This is an artwork that was borne of the architecture and the sunlight. It is hard to define exactly where the architecture ends and the art begins. The dichroic glass colors are chosen for their rich and varied color shifts and are similar to the colors of the evening sky, a well known spectacle in Iowa. The holographic elements are interspersed to create the spectacle of reflected color from the main campus (long view). The helical forms pattern those found in nature and in the DNA that makes up our genetic patterns. This formation will offer a range of transmission and reflective angles for the interaction of the sun.

Ray King was born on July 4, 1950. He began blowing glass in 1970, and was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation fellowship to study at Burleighfield House in England in 1975.He has worked in the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning Museum of Glass, New York, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. Ray has been exhibiting work since the mid-1970s and has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards. King also created the public art for Iowa State University's Jacobson Athletic Building. Ray currently lives and works in Philadelphia. Additional bio-graphical information is available at the University Museums office.