Town of Los Gatos
Los Gatos Library, Los Gatos, California
Materials and Dimensions
Sandblasted low-iron tempered glass, oil paint
22' H x 22' W x 14" D
Forty-four panels all 3' wide, varying in height: 2', 4', and 6' high. The glass is incised with graphical languages that speak over each other, interrupt, and converse within the quiet of the library. Among the 'languages' are: Braille, a paragraph from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, George Crumb's music score Makrokosmos, a chart of the thermal conductivity of tungsten.
The panels shift orientation along the vertical fins, creating a broken plane that serves to establish background and foreground. Some of the panels angle inwards towards the lobby, others outwards towards the second floor, offering a visual cue for entrance into another space.
Photos: David Wakely, Elizabeth Kuiper
Sandblaster: Lenehan Architectural Studios, Oakland, California
Studio assistant: Dennis Coleman
Architect: Noll and Tam Associates, Berkeley, California