Overall view of the rapid transit station during public art installation, Lutz Haufschild, Public Art and Private Projects, Emerald Laminata
Overall view of the rapid transit station during public art installation
Emerald Laminata|    
Overall view of the rapid transit station during public art installation

  • Emerald Laminata: Infinity, sculpted glass, laminated
  • Emerald Laminata: Detail of Tree of Life
  • Emerald Laminata: Tree of Life, view of three-dimensional glass wall, companion to the glass wall Infinity
  • Emerald Laminata: Infinity, view of three-dimensional glass wall, companion to the glass wall Tree of Life
  • Emerald Laminata: Overall view of the rapid transit station during public art installation
  • Emerald Laminata: haufschild_emeraldLaminata_PICT0026
  • Emerald Laminata: Detail view of the 3-D glass wall Tree of Life
  • Emerald Laminata: Image of people behind the glass wall
  • Emerald Laminata: Tree of Life glass wall, detail
  • Emerald Laminata: Detail, Tree of Life
  • Emerald Laminata: Detail of Tree of Life glass wall
  • Emerald Laminata: Engineers touching the glass face
  • Emerald Laminata: Perplexed engineers enjoying the sculpted glass wall
  • Emerald Laminata: People behind the Infinity glass wall
  • Emerald Laminata: Detail of Infinity glass wall
  • Emerald Laminata: Installation of the computer controlled lighting system
  • Emerald Laminata: Tree of Life glass wall three-dimensional model during virtual fabrication process
  • Emerald Laminata: Infinity glass wall model during virtual fabrication process
  • Emerald Laminata: Photo montage of the original sculpted clay models used in virtual fabrication
 

The two large sculpted glass walls are located in the Rapid Transit Station In Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Emerald Laminata was inspired by the exquisite carved jade art works seen at the National Museum in Taipei and the ocean environment of the island of Taiwan.

Digitizing two clay models involved 94 million three-dimensional coordinates. Templates plotted on almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of paper. 10,200 sheets of glass were cut, each with a slightly different contour.

Location: 
International Airport Kaohsiung (KHH), R4 Station, Taiwan
Artist: 
Lutz Haufschild
Medium: 
Two large sculpted glass walls
Virtual Fabrication: 
Christian Karl Janssen, San Francisco Bay Area
Architect: 
Charles C. Chen Architects, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Art Consultancy: 
Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation Public Art Division (KRTC P.A.D.)
Operator: 
Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit
Structural Engineering: 
Schmidtt+Thielmann, Wiesbaden, Germany