23. März 2018 – Design

The Austin Chapel by Ellsworth Kelly

Renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin,Texas the design concept for his most monumental work. Austin is the first and only freestanding building Kelly has designed and will be his most lasting legacy

A Piece of Art and it’s facts:

Components
The 2,715-square-foot building
Exterior walls feature limestone panels from Alicante, Spain, sourced by Bateig
The width of the walls featuring stained glass are 1 foot 4 inch, and the rest of the walls are 2 feet wide
Plaza and the interior floor are black granite The entry door is made from native Texas live oak repurposed from the site ofthe new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Totem
One of Kelly’s common sculptural forms he called “Totems,” many of which are in prominent museum collections, such as the J. Paul Getty Museum. Located in the structure’s apse on the north side. Made of redwood originally logged in the 19th century and recently salvaged from the bottom of a riverbed. Fabricated/sourced by Carlson Arts LLC, a design and fabrication firm that has worked with Kelly for decades (among other notable contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, etc.)
The curved shape corresponds to segments of an imaginary circle with a radiusof 3,079 inches. 18 feet tall

Colored glass windows
Three of Austin’s façades feature stained glass windows in three unique designs:
“color grid,” “starburst,” and “tumbling squares”. 33 individual colored windows. The window glass is mouthblown and produced by Franz Mayer of Munich, a renowned architectural glass studio founded in 1847. The windows use motifs and forms Kelly’s developed over his entire career as explored in the accompanying exhibition Form Into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.

14 Black-and-white stone panels that represent the Stations of the Cross. White marble from the quarry in Carrera, Italy, where Michelangelo sourced his marble; black marble from Belgium.Fabricated by Carlson Arts LLC

Photos: Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

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