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Photo: Paul Macapia

Seattle Cloud Cover

design approved 2004; fabrication completed 2006

Teresita Fernández

American, born 1968

Teresita Fernández's glass bridge Seattle Cloud Cover incorporates images of the changing sky discovered in nature and art. Fernandez's first permanent publicly sited work invites viewers to take cover or look beneath to the railroad below, while at the same time experiencing the images of Seattle's changing skies, as seen through saturated color photographs sandwiched between glass. In the visual layering of nature and art—both within Fernandez's imagery, and in the relationship of the bridge to its setting—one recognizes how images of nature influence the way we see it. Fully integrated in the park's construction, the bridge provides safe access over the railroad, and on sunny days, the park's path is brightened by colored light.


Laminated glass with photographic design interlayer, approx. 9 ft. 6 in. x 200 ft. x 6 ft. 3 in., Olympic Sculpture Park Art Acquisition Fund, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006.140, © Teresita Fernández

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Now on view at Olympic Sculpture Park
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Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

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Photo: Paul Macapia

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Photo: Paul Macapia

Photo: Paul Macapia

I want you to feel like you are moving through a landscape painting or movie rather than within the landscape itself, blurring the lines between your presence as participant and observer.

Teresita Fernández

"...much like the sensation of walking on a moving escalator, the 'sculpture' is in fact a series of unfolding, continuously shifting views that are activated by your passage as you cross the walkway, propelled and animated by the rumbling energy of the trains below. This motion is visually animated by dramatic images of water, changing skies and skyline that flicker in and out of view through the 'portholes'
that puncture the intensely colored glass. I want you to feel like you are moving through a landscape painting or movie rather than within the landscape itself, blurring the lines between your presence as participant and observer."

—Teresita Fernández

Artist

Teresita Fernández

American, born 1968

Teresita Fernández was born in Miami, Florida and received a BFA from Florida International University in Miami in 1990 and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1992. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, presented Fernández's first solo exhibition in 1995. She has exhibited in one-person and group shows throughout the United States and internationally, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Site Santa Fe, New Mexico; Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy; the Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Fernández is the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and was commissioned for special projects by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2000 and by the Public Art Fund in 2001. Her work is in the permanent collections of the St. Louis Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Miami Art Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Sammlung Goetz.

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