'Joyful Rain' installed at Harborview

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011

Roger Nachman, of Roger Nachman Glassworks in Seattle, gave Harborview School its fourth permament art installation this week, a project completed as part of the state’s One Percent for Art program.

michael penn / juneau empire
michael penn / juneau empire

Nachman’s sculpture is a 50-foot long suspended glass installation that spans the atrium of the school. Called “Joyful Rain (Juneau through the lens of a raindrop),” the work is made up of kiln-formed glass panels created in the shape of falling raindrops. Each drop is encased in a metal frame, and suspended from a stainless steel cable. Images in the raindrop are rendered upside down to mimic the experience of actually viewing the world through a drop of water.

Nachman completed the installation of his art this week.

Theresa Mores, project manager, said Nachman’s installation is the fourth of five art works to be completed at the school as part its renovation. The three projects in addition to Nachman’s that have already been completed are Donna Catotti and Rob Goldberg’s etched glass pieces, Dan DeRoux’s outdoor painting and sculpture, and John and Sharon Svenson’s gakss tile mosaic.

The fifth project, yet to be completed, is Lisa Rickey’s raven sculpture. Mores said she expects that project to be completed by this summer.

All five projects were funded by the Percent for Art in Public Places program, passed by the Legislature in 1975. The program, managed by the Alaska State Council on the Arts in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, requires the expenditure of up to one percent of construction costs of public buildings for the acquisition and permanent installation of artwork.

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