C O N N E C T
By Bonnie Cohen
Funded through Ohio Percent for Art Program
Owner – Cleveland State University
Engineers connect people, concepts, materials, energy, formulas, patterns, and systems. Of the millions of diverse and unique connections, the profoundly simple goal of an engineer is to improve human life.Shooting across the mural in dynamic patterns, vectors of glass and steel steer the students and faculty from the entry doors down the corridor. Steel borders and linear accents merge and veer off into different directions like train rails and anticipate future transportation and energy discoveries.
The artwork draws an earthbound map: Cleveland State’s GPS coordinates anchor the university itself in place. The artwork draws a metaphoric map as well. Water imagery flowing through the letter “E” evokes the natural wonder of Lake Erie. Cleveland steel evokes the city as a steel town, and as a modern industrial, corporate, and technological powerhouse. Cleveland State is firmly embedded under Cleveland’s wing, and at its heart.
The seven monumental letters were designed using the Golden Rectangle, a mathematical formula based on a set of numbers known as the Fibonacci Sequence. Eight hundred years after its discovery, the Golden Rectangle is still inspiring artists and engineers to connect science, technology and nature to achieve balance and beauty.
Contemplate the words of wisdom from artists and scientists etched in steel tiles. Take in the scope of over 80,000 individual pieces that create the letters. The 60 colors scattered across the 55 ft. wall in precise and random patterns use the Fibonacci numbers as a design template.
The two large Fibonacci spirals were created from Cleveland carbon steel and the smaller stainless steel tiles used in the top and bottom borders are American made. Many of the glass tiles are made from 100% recycled glass windshields. Meditate on the sense of balance and beauty that emanates from the Golden Rectangle design.
Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things.” That’s exactly what happens here. This artwork connects to viewers, and connects viewers to each other, one person and one idea at a time.
Cleveland carbon steel donated by Olympic Steel Inc.
BONNIE COHEN’S ART SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY MOSAIC ART
The Society of American Mosaic Art (SAMA) has selected the work of artist Bonnie Cohen to be included in the 2019 Mosaic Arts International Exhibition. This competitive annual exhibition features innovative design and masterful technique as explored by some of the best international artists working in the medium.
The Architectural & Site-Specific segment will feature artwork of 19 artists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil representing the best in contemporary architectural mosaics. The 22 ft x 8 ft mosaic installation is located at Bowling Green University College of Health and Human Services.
The predominately white palette of handmade tiles and luminous recycled glass create a calming environment changing with the natural light throughout the day. The artwork includes intricate details, textures, and inspiring quotations imbedded in the handmade tiles to reinforce the seven dimensions of wellness-the focus of the College of Health and Human Service’s curriculum.
Juror, Kim Emerson (Founder of the San Diego Mosaic School) selected the finalists who’s work will be represented at the Nashville Public Library Art Gallery through print, video and digital images. Materials on display will including drawings, sketchbooks and material samples that will provide visitors a unique perspective into the process of creating a large-scale mosaic work.
Bowling Green State University College of Health and Human Services
Percent for Arts Proposal presented by Bonnie Cohen
“See the Difference, Be the Difference”
From the blackest edges of outer space, to our own personal space, circles symbolize our universe, our communities, our friendships and our families. Circles evoke the vibration of sound waves, concentric rings of rippling water, and embracing arms. Circles record precise scientific data magnified through the circular lens of a microscope.
Circles create a strong graphic image from afar, allowing the flow of the tesserae to draw the viewer close — to touch, feel, and discover intricate details. The circles intersect, overlap and converge, accentuating the luminous recycled glass and handmade tiles.
A bold and bright glass line traverses the entire wall and wraps around each corner, anchoring the artwork and drawing the eye into the central circles. The gray outer circles become lighter towards the center, where sparks of colored shards converge into intricately detailed circles suggesting both our commonality and our diversity.
The timeless medium of mosaic art is a metaphor for our communities. Every single piece is enhanced by its relationship to the pieces around it. And each individual piece is an integral part of the big picture.
The predominately white palette is enhanced by surrounding colors and light to instill a calming environment that changes with every hour of the day. By touching the tiles and discovering the intricate details, the viewer can experience the art up close and even see his or her reflection in the pieces of mirror scattered throughout the mosaic.
Inspiring quotations embedded in the handmade tiles reflect the seven dimensions of wellness, the focus of the College of Health and Human Service’s curriculum. The artwork brings light, color, joy and healing into the lives of students, faculty, patients and visitors and inspires them to make a difference and be the difference.