OLANA GROUP, LLC celebrates the successful completion of the art program for the Grande Cheese Company Research Center, Fond du Lac, WI, lead architects, OVERLAND PARTNERS, San Antonio, Texas.
American 19th century landscape painter, Frederick Church, conceived and built his dream home and studio, Olana, high atop a hill overlooking the stunning natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. The word 'olana' derives its meaning from arabic for house of treasures". Church, inspired by his travels abroad and the diverse cultures he encountered, constructed a home that was both unique and inspirational in its use of hand-crafted decorative elements in an artistic setting. A treasure in its own right.
Olana Group provides arts consultant services committed to creating a home or office environment with that same dedication to quality and craftsmanship.
In this piece, forty-two backlit panels react in response to the movement of the staff through the space. As people pass each panel, the work responds by changing color and then slowly fading back to the original color, in effect, leaving a trail behind the person walking.
The title of the piece is meant to be a clear and unambiguous message, both in an immediate sense (the bridge space), and also to the hospital work experience as a whole. The staff makes the hospital come alive.