North Florida Community College Installs Fourth Public Art Piece On Campus Tallahassee Artist Ira Hill Creates Six-Foot Terrazzo Table Made Of Recycled Goods For NFCC CampusJul 26th, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Education
MADISON, FL – If you take a walk across the North Florida Community College campus in Madison, you will find public art works that include a colorful mosaic mural depicting a forest scene complete with metal sculpture flowers planted in front at NFCC’s Hardee Center for the Arts, a metal sculptured sea turtle near the entrance of the college library and a metal sculpture inspired by Florida’s regional plants perched upon a hill near NFCC’s Van H. Priest Auditorium. Each piece was created with the help of area professional artists who worked directly with NFCC students on the projects. The latest addition to NFCC’s impressive public art collection is a six-foot mosaic terrazzo table created by Tallahassee artist Ira Hill. Featuring vibrant colors and a koi pond theme, the table has been placed at an outdoor study and gathering area for students near NFCC’s Marshall W. Hamilton Library. The piece can function as a table or as a sitting area for students and campus visitors. “We started a public art program in 2009 in order to create a unique experience for our students to work closely with a visiting artist and also to bring one permanent art work to campus per year,” said NFCC Art Director Lisa Thompson. “All of our projects include an environmental theme, whether it be through the imagery and content or demonstrated by the materials used. I am so pleased with Ira Hill’s work; it adds a wonderful pop of color and fits right into the relaxing environment complimented by the new rain garden area near the library. I think students will enjoy taking a moment to sit, relax and enjoy the scenery.” The table is constructed of terrazzo, a decorative concrete made of cement, sand and glass, using 100% recycled glass. Hill spent around 60 hours making the table and started with the simple process of sorting and crushing the glass. The process then included creating the specific design, creating molds and polishing the terrazzo stone to highlight the glass aggregate. Terrazzo has a long history in building and is often associated with Art Deco Design. “I enjoy using terrazzo as a creative medium for three reasons; colorfulness, durability, and resourcefulness,” said Hill.
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