WSU Spokane celebrates Cascade by Kana Tanaka--the newest addition to the State Art Collection made possible by the Art in Public Places Program.
Inspired by the Spokane River and the building's architecture, Cascade is comprised of thousands of hand-formed glass water drops that flow through the entire north side of the Biomedical Sciences Building, symbolically linking with the actual water that moves through the healing garden at the building's west end. Scattered throughout the suspended sculpture are occasional pieces of colorful dichroic glass, representing leaves or petals picked up by the flow, or glints of sunlight. At its highest point on the fourth floor, the surface of the glass beads have a crackled texture, representing icy water. As the sculpture streams downward, the glass gradually contains more and more bubbles, moving from clear spring water to white, churning water.
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