RIT on TV News: CSI Glass Art





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Published on Jun 15, 2009

WHEC-TV (Channel 10) reports on the artist wall of glass located inside RIT's new Center for Student Innovation.

When News 10NBC first visited glass artist Nancy Gong in March, she was in work boots and a hard hat, hard at work, putting the finishing touches on a curved wall of glass inside Rochester Institute of Technologys new Administrative Services building. Now, three months later, the work is completed and ready for the world to see.

Gong has a lot of her work on public display and she considers all of them her "children". She says of this latest work Ive gone over every inch of these pieces of glass several times so I know every little area very, very well!"

Her new kid on the block is huge 54-feet wide and 10-feet high with 13 panels of glass in all. You can't miss it and it's getting rave reviews from the people who work there.

Mary Beth Nally is Director of Student Financial Services at RIT. She says, "The way the light changes during the day, the effects of it, it's brilliant!"

A portion of space is set aside for RIT's Center for Student Innovation. Students from all over campus can come together to work on projects and share ideas. The wall of glass is apparently doing its job. Students are curious about it.

Gong says, They go right up to it and they start looking at the detail and then they touch it. They want to see what all this texture is about."

Gong calls the piece "In Art, Science and Life - What is the Question?" It does make you think. If you step back, you'll see everything from the Bose Einstein Wave Theory to the Binary Code. But Gong says if you step a little closer, this etched glass offers other surprises.

Ive see Hopi Indians in here, I've seen trees. This is a piece of artwork that will endure for such a long time and so many people will be able to enjoy it and that to me, as an artist, as a creator is really what it's all about."


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