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Christine Lee

Rug Runner and Wallpaper Tapestry

Rug Runner and Wallpaper Tapestry reference a repeating pattern common in textiles and decor to produce a pleasant and subtly calming effect for Fire Station 603 first responders and visitors. The repeating diamond pattern, an arrangement where motifs and symbols are placed in a diagonal formation, was chosen because this pattern is found on various protective gear and equipment.

Just as one would find a rug runner in the entry hallway of a home, the terrazzo walkway Rug Runner is symbolically placed to connect the outdoor entrance to the interior corridor. The repeating motif of the interior portion of the walkway is embedded with actual spanners and rings sliced from decommissioned firefighting couplings. The exterior portion is embedded with the shapes of the same motif cut from aluminum. Solar-charged luminescent chips are embedded into the coupling rings to add illumination.

Wallpaper Tapestry utilizes the fire department shield symbol as the repeating motif, with silhouettes of Camelback Mountain and surrounding terrain. Printed to emulate wallpaper, the dichroic film and vinyl overlay takes on different color values, ranging from the cool hues of water to the warm tones of a sunset, depending on the position of the viewer and the reflected light.

Christine Lee has an interdisciplinary practice straddling art, design, science, and sustainability. She experiments with multiple configurations and patterns to connect seemingly divergent elements and systems while exploring the latent potential of mundane, surplus, and other overlooked materials. Lee has traveled to numerous residencies and is involved in multiple collaborations with artists and scientists. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as SOFA Chicago, Traver Gallery in Seattle, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, the Aspen Art Museum, Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, and the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe. Lee received a master of fine arts from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a Senior Sustainability Scholar of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and an assistant professor in wood/sustainability at ASU’s School of Art.

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Location8100 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, USA

ArtistChristine Lee

DatesCompleted December 2020.

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