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Student Life Building
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Copyright © 2001 Nancy Gutkin O'Neil
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Student Life Building
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State is an outstanding University with leading undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in a variety of fields. Many of its units have programs that rank consistently among the nation's top twenty-five public universities. The total student body is close to 40,000 with students from all parts of the United States and dozens of other countries.

The Student Life Building houses the Cinema, the Cyber Café, and a range of other special services to enrich the social experiences of the student body. In keeping with this upbeat spirit I designed a window that makes people smile. The window is 7'x7'x 1/2".

To do my design I gathered yearbooks from every decade and selected all sorts of faces for the background grid of my collage. The grid is irregular, having originated as a paper weaving, giving the piece an organic feel. There is something very compelling about faces, all aglow with the sunlight, beaming down upon the viewer. This is also true when viewed from outside at night.

Superimposed against the faces is a grouping of circles with contemporary FSU images, and foliage from palms and live oaks, both local species of trees. I've also included flambeaux, since they are a school symbol, and a border of Seminole patterns.

Project photos by Stephen Traves