We are excited to announce the Lofts at Farmers Market, site of "Ore, Flour and Water," were awarded the 2012 Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Award.

We were nominated for and received "the best new construction in an historic district."  The awards were created to recognize projects, individuals and organizations that enhance and celebrate the city's cultural resources.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for May 15, 2012. Details forthcoming. We'd love to see you there!
 
 
Lofts at Farmers Market
Our studio has been busy this year traveling overseas to Paris, France to create Translation and rounding out with two major public art projects at Harvard in Boston and here at home in St. Paul Minnesota.

We made history as we completed the first mosaic for the City of Saint Paul’s Percent For Arts Program. Josh Sarantitis’ Ore, Flour and Water comprises of five brilliant mosaic murals installed at the new Lofts at Farmers Market in downtown St. Paul. The 5’x12’ murals overlooking the St. Paul Farmer's Market utilize brilliant hand-cut glass smalti from Venice and highlight the vibrant historical building blocks of the community.

The mosaics were fabricated using an original computer program called TilePile, which converts original drawings into pixels and allows a team of fabricators to assemble the image to efficient and stunning effect. The entire process from design to installation was completed in collaboration with the City of Saint Paul, Alatus Inc., Owner’s Representative David Hunt and UrbanWorks Architecture LLC. You can learn more about the Lofts project at their website or by visiting downtown Saint Paul on the corner of Fifth and Wall St.

Harvard invited us to finish out 2011 with Harvard Ripples. The glass art ceiling installation for Harvard Business School was designed to represent the “idea ripples” which have flowed through the school, community and world for the past 300 years.

Each of the 400-glass ceiling pieces was slumped, rubberized and suspended from the ceiling to complete the slumped glass, etched glass and curtain glass wall projection installation.

The project was completed for the grand opening of the new Hi Innovation Lab. The cross-disciplinary space promotes a sense of community and connects the student population with the surrounding residential neighborhood. “Ripples” is living proof of how art can energize and unite unconnected groups in a space for a moment and a lifetime.

Look for projects on the horizon in Tucson and Philadelphia.

-Sarah

Ore, Flour and Water
Harvard Ripples