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Mara Held

El in 16 Notes, 2002

Faceted glass in mezzanine windows and platform windscreens

Artist Mara Held's El in 16 Notes is a meditation on variations in pattern caused by differing qualities of light and the creation of overlapping forms and layers. The inspiration for the imagery of the piece was originally derived from cut-out dress patterns. Through the minimal yet elegant shifts in color and pattern that are occasionally pierced by playful curving lines, the work enables the viewer to witness the light and the neighboring skyline as it emerges through the glass planes. Held played particular attention to the colors and role of natural light to animate and illuminate the work, which graces the platform with light and color.

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