Anna Valentina Murch
Ripples of light and shadow reflect a dynamic, complex community.
On the ceiling of the Chinook Building lobby, swirling eddies of light and shadow arc and intersect in moiré patterns created by two sheets of perforated aluminum and a complex arrangement of halogen lamps. At once angular and soft, Anna Valentina Murch’s Confluences changes as you pass under it, suggesting movement and animating the space with a graceful energy.
The interlocking shapes in the installation represent the complexity of departments and functions housed within the building.
All these groups, whether they work with environment, health, or other social services, are dedicated to quality of life issues for the community, highlighting the important interaction of all these different centers that work in individual areas, but also interact with each other. –Anna Valentina Murch
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Based on the drawing for the installation, the artist’s laser cut steel and LED sculpture Rotations hangs on the adjacent wall, a complementary companion to the sprawling work above it.
A British artist based in San Francisco, Anna Valentina Murch (1948–2014) used light as her primary medium. With a focus on creating places that lead viewers on sensory and psychological journeys, she began working in the public realm in 1980. Her work has since been installed in various California locations as well as New York, St. Louis, Seattle, and beyond.
About the Location
Chinook Building King County’s Chinook Building houses a number of county services and workspace for more than 1,400 employees. The 13-story structure opened in 2007 and was rated LEED Gold for its sustainable building technologies, including a green roof, efficient water and energy use, and indoor environmental quality. Wright Runstad & Company developed the Chinook Building for…
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