Gizmo Art Production has been working with design firm, Square Peg to create an art installation located in the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning building at Stanford University.
The wall sculpture is an abstract perspective of Jane Stanford’s face made up by words. The words make up a paragraph that talks about the life of Jane Stanford. The piece is made of acrylic panels that were water jet cut at different depths to make up the contours of Jane’s face. The process involved multiple prototypes because it was imperative that the profile of Jane could be discovered.
Jane Stanford had a very successful and unique life as a philanthropist and social innovator. Jane and her husband opened the University and not long after Jane was in charge. “It was at her direction that Stanford University gained an early focus on the arts. She also advocated the admission of women; the university had been coeducational since its founding.” These actions were among many that she made throughout her life to better the educational system and the women’s movement. Unfortunately, Jane Stanford had an untimely death when she was poisoned in 1905. The wall installation is a artistic reminder of her life accomplishments and the important role she played in the founding of the University.