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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, steel. Photo by 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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© 2011 Ellen Sollod, Collection and Transformation, Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass, steel (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist.
© 2011 Ellen Sollod, Collection and Transformation, Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass, steel (detail). Photo courtesy of the artist.
© Ellen Sollod, Collection and Transformation, 2011, Laboratory glass, blown glass, mirrored glass, steel. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
© 2011 Ellen Sollod, Collection and Transformation, blown glass, laboratory glass, mirrored glass, and steel (detail). Photo courtesy of 4Culture.
© 2011 Ellen Sollod, Collection and Transformation, blown glass, laboratory glass, mirrored glass, and steel (detail). Photo courtesy of 4Culture.
 
 
 
 

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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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