Weiss Architecture Studio

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Hennepin County Medical Centre

A tower of suspended art glass on stainless steel cables rising over 4 floors in the new Hennepin County Medical Centre in Minneapolis Minnesota. The glass is all hand painted in virtuous ceramic enamels laminated between 2 sheets of tempered glass. Each piece has been fired over 5 times on two surfaces to achieve the required colours and textures. A total of over 550 square feet of glass each panel weighing 330 pounds. It was important that the design work on individual floors from inside yet could be viewed as a complete piece from outside unifying all floors.

The design has been inspired by the meandering of the Mississippi and local surrounding Rivers and Lakes, there confluence and influence on the the draw of people to Minneapolis from all over the world. I have also collaborated with a local poet Laurie Allmann, Laurie has produce a poem “Mirroring The Light” that has inspired the design.

Hennepin County Medical Centre:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

“River of Life”

14m high X 4m wide