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Collection and Transformation, It’s All About the Water

Ellen Sollod

Brightwater

Depicting micro-organisms, various types of glass serve as a meditation on the science of water.

Ellen Sollod. Collection and Transformation, 2011. Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass and steel. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

Two artworks by Ellen Sollod illuminate water treatment processes and celebrate the role of science in the facility using microbial forms made with glass.

Installed on the exterior of the building near the Northeast Plaza, Collection and Transformation creates a reflective environment that references the scientific and natural processes of cleaning wastewater. Two sections juxtapose laboratory glass with blown glass in the shape of stylized micro-organisms; together with lighting they create a jewel-like meditation on the scientific investigation, collection, and transformation of water.
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Ellen Sollod. Collection and Transformation, 2011. Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass and steel. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection.
Ellen Sollod. Collection and Transformation, 2011. Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass and steel. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection.
Ellen Sollod. Collection and Transformation, 2011. Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass and steel. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection.
 
 
 

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About the Location

Brightwater

Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…

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