Collection and Transformation, It’s All About the Water
Depicting micro-organisms, various types of glass serve as a meditation on the science of water.
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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“The process of cleaning wastewater is a natural biological one, aided by beneficial micro-organisms,” says Sollod, who was also one of three artists behind the Brightwater art plan. “Blown glass forms reference cyliates and rotifers as well as imagined micro-organisms. The lab glass side of the piece is composed of real and imagined laboratory glass. Much of it has become anachronistic as the function of the lab migrates to computer testing.”
It's All About the Water uses hand-painted and acid-etched glass to conjure the science taking place in Brightwater’s laboratory and treatment plant. The composition of the piece is inspired by images of typical wastewater micro-organisms as seen through a microscope, revealing the beauty of the laboratory and the unseen world within the water system. The imagery was drawn in part from scientific illustrations.
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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