Ice Cube Tray
Harborview Medical Center
An image of an ordinary object reveals extraordinary detail.
Picture a classic plastic ice cube tray in exquisite detail, at more than 10 times the size of the real-life object.
Ice Cube Tray, Isaac Layman’s monumental photographic print, hangs behind the reception desk in the lobby of Harborview’s Ninth & Jefferson Building. More than a straightforward image of a mundane object, Ice Cube Tray is the result of 26 photographs digitally collaged together to reveal more detail than the human eye can see—both "hyper-real and entirely fabricated,” Layman says. With its not-quite-frozen ice cubes, the image offers a cool meditation on time, water, and perspective.Layman prefers not to think of a picture as a window into somewhere else, but as a destination unto itself. Rather than “imagining that you’re looking through a window at a vista,” he explains, “the object has entered the room.”
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Harborview Medical Center For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…
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