Rufus Butler Sedar, an artist from Boston who created the glass frieze for the new Health and Science Center, spoke about the design and creative process for his artwork on Thursday during a program inside the building’s new lecture hall. (CWC Intern photo by Amanda Norton)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The newly dedicated Health and Science Center at Central Wyoming College houses a glass frieze in the building’s atrium by Massachusetts artist Rufus Butler Seder. The Wyoming Arts Council commissioned the piece under the Art in Public Buildings program.
Seder’s piece utilizes optics to ‘animate’ its imagery and morphs through a series of images depicting health and the natural sciences, disciplines taught in the new center. The piece has been described as both amazing and perfect for the facility.
The frieze is located on the west atrium wall. It faces the atrium and hallway leading to the classrooms and labs.
The artist describes the material in the frieze as “Lifetiles.” The tiles appear as a gray glass band at eye level, but as a visitor walks by the frieze the individual images come into view and are animated by their motion, with one image morphing into the next image. The design works when approached from either direction. The frieze “wowed and amazed” both VIPs and visitors prior to and after the building’s dedication on Friday.
In fact, several faculty members were doing the “Seder Shuffle”, stepping forward and then backwards as they moved down the frieze to see each image come along. Seder explained that was how he monitored the progress of the lifetiles to make sure the images he was creating were correct.
The concept for the frieze is copied below; the actual installation you need to see for yourself: