16 Windows Colors

"Windows" is used as a double-metaphor, referencing the basic 16 colors in the Windows 3.1 operating system, and various window styles, and how they were used as inspiration by artists in the past.

In 1949, minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly created a piece based on the windows in the Museum of Modern Art Paris. Here I am using it as a compositional element and wrapping the 16 colors in a repeating series across the panels.

Installation details: Ideally in a large well-lit lobby area with east, south, or west sun exposure for solar panel power generation. as well as a luminous stained-glass effect.

Medium: Sculpture, Installation, Light-Box “Column” or “Lantern”

Dimensions: TBD, Various

Materials: Stainless steel, aluminum, hard plastic or painted or stained wood for the window frames. Windows are acrylic with color appliques affixed to the inside. Columns rest on a concrete slab. On the inside of the column is a pod of LEDs, powered by solar panels mounted on the top of the colu

Historical Notes:

One of the most important aspects of mature Gothic design is tracery —the thin, curvy, carved stone partitions that divide one window into many smaller panes. Recursion is basic to the art of tracery. Tracery was invented at the cathedral of Reims circa 1220 and used soon after at the cathedral of Amiens. (Along with Chartres, these two spectacular and profound buildings define the High Gothic style.) To move from the characteristic tracery design of Reims to that of Amiens, just add recursion.  [More...]

Preliminary Mockups


Ellsworth Kelly's initial inspiration





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