Reflection is a semi-permanent installation created for The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Sited in the grand staircase, the modulated sculptural form echoes its surrounding context by climbing the wall and bouncing light from the nearby windows. It also literally reflects activity in the stairwell with subtle mirrored faces that animate the object with the movement of passersby.


The proliferating diamonds also imitate the boundless potential of the learning process. In this digital age, information is all around us and Reflection manifests this through an expanding field of differentiated, but connected modules.  The installation is comprised of powder-coated aluminum and dry welded with rivets. Students helped to assemble the modules and a recent graduate, Eric Buckthal, engineered the lighting program for the embedded LEDs that emit a different sequence of colors during daylight and nighttime.



Video by Patrick Kammermeyer for the Robert  E. Kennedy Library:



Robert E. Kennedy Library, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California


Lighting engineer:

Eric Buckthal


Fabrication team:

Max Wisotsky, Ariana Martin, Braelyn Hamill,      Ryan Craney, Alex Buckthal and Nicholas Batie


Structural Consultant:

Kevin Dong



powder coated aluminum, rivets, bolts, embedded microcontroller and RGB LEDs


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