Black Ladder, 2014
Aluminum and dichroic glass
D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Jean T. Clarke Center Stairwell
Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Gift of H. Russell Pitman '58
Special Thanks to McClain Gallery
Black Ladder, a 30-foot tall sculpture, employs varied panels of dichroic glass framed within the form of a ladder designed to fill the entire width and height of the Anderson-Clarke Center stairwell window, set into the façade of the building. Natural light filters through the glass during the day, projecting an array of colors in the stairwell, which spillis onto the floors and walls. After dark, the sculpture is lit so as to be visible from within the building and from outside. The ladder, a symbol of upward movement and possibilities, reflects both its physical location in a stairwell and the mission of the Glasscock School, to serve as a conduit for personal and professional development and growth.
About the Artist: Born in Paris, France in 1968, Stephen Dean works in multiple media, including film, sculpture and drawing. Working across these media, Dean often uses color as a mechanism to alter spatial relationships. He is also interested in using the vocabulary of ritualized gatherings and everyday performance to re-constitute our systems of understanding space and time. Dean’s work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Miami Art Museum, and the Site Santa Fe Biennial. His work is in many private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Progressive Corporation. Dean lives and works in New York and Paris.
Photos by Nash Baker