International Award for Sarah Oppenheimer's C-010106
Landmarks received a CODAaward for its commission C-010106 by Sarah Oppenheimer. Selected from among 411 entries, the project received a merit award for public art at an educational institution. The award marks Landmarks’ seventh recognition from CODAworx, a national organization that celebrates outstanding projects which integrate art into public spaces around the world.
Commissioned by Landmarks for UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, C-010106 consists of two structures positioned at opposite ends of a new pedestrian footbridge on the Texas Engineering campus. Each structure features four panes of glass—two reflective diagonal sheets sandwiched between two vertical sheets. At the intersection of the four panes, the glass passes through an incision in the bridge’s surface, enabling pedestrians on top of the bridge to see the reflections of those underneath, and vice versa. Oppenheimer complicates the boundaries between sculpture and architecture, shifting our frame of spatial reference, displacing our experience of inside and out, and inverting our sense of what is near and far.
Oppenheimer’s project was selected by an esteemed panel of 18 international jurors from the design, architecture, and art worlds, including: Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director, San Jose Department of Cultural Affairs; Herme-Armand Bechy, author, Introduction to Contemporary Public Art (France); Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts and Design; Necole Irvin, Director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Houston; Michael Mayer, President, Franz Mayer (Germany); and others. Criteria included the integration of a commissioned artwork into a site-specific project; the strength of the collaborative process among the creative teams, commissioners, and industry resources; and the seamless blending of art and design to create a place as art, rather than a place with art.