Location: Student Recreation Center, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Medium: Anodized aluminum, mirror, two-way mirror, resin, paint, LED
Dimensions: 100’ x 42’ x 3’
Year completed: 2016
“Transitional Objects” is a permanent art installation in the Student Recreation Center at the University of Oregon. The artwork consists of fourteen anodized aluminum infinity mirror boxes of various sizes hung salon style on the great wall of the recreation center. The works are visible from all three levels of the facility. The interior of each box is lined with mirror panels and each box has its own internal light source. Within all of the boxes are objects which are used for athletic activities at the recreation center. The activities represented include basketball, soccer, badminton, climbing, football, volleyball, track, weightlifting, and tennis. The objects are either of a larger or smaller scale than the actual equipment, and were created using an archival 3D printing process. They are painted using specialty archival paints and are accented with nets hand made of archival textile materials. The athletic objects are placed within each box in such a way as to suggest weightlessness—they appear to float. Viewed from the front of each box through a two-way mirror the effect of the mirrored interior around the objects creates a repetition of the object into infinity. The represented sports equipment repeats in all directions depending on the angle from which the viewer approaches the box. When the artists spent time at the SRC during the research phase of the project they noticed the focus and determination of the users of the facility as they walked passed the great wall from one activity to another. The artists wanted to respect this focus while also creating a sense of wonder and intrigue if the passersby chose to engage in the artwork. The work is meant as a reminder of the many games and activities connected to the SRC that can and will be engaged in. The mirrored repetition and suspension of the objects is a reminder of the importance of movement and perspective for the body and the mind.