Feb 9, 2015 4:18 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The CSU, Chico Campus Public Arts Committee has selected the artist team of Walczak & Heiss and their piece "Facewall" for the public art treatment on the south wall of the university's new Arts and Humanities building.
Based in New York City and Pennsylvania, Marek Walczak and Wesley Heiss trained as architects ... and have collaborated since 2007 on a number of public art projects. Most recently at the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming and the Stapleton Recreation Center in Denver, Colorado.
"Facewall" will be a 42-foot-wide stainless steel sculpture integrated into the Second Street façade of the new arts and humanities building. Made up of more than 1,000 faces in silhouette of students, faculty, staff and community members, the artwork will be comprised of 84 vertical steel planes perpendicular to Second Street. Each 11-foot tall plane or "totem" will include 12 unique profiles.
The artists will conduct several community events in mid-March, to photograph profiles and images of the participants ... which will be used to create the series of silhouettes for each totem.
The Campus Public Arts Committee-made up of faculty, staff and administrators ... chose the work from more than 120 applications ... from local, regional and national artists.
University Officials say the new Arts and Humanities building will feature several public arts works, including a new "Academe," the landmark mural painted by John Pugh on the former Taylor Hall.
The mural will be installed at the northeast corner of the new building, facing the Salem Street roundabout.
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