Our focus here began with interior design, by soliciting input from Art & Art History faculty and students about overall color palettes, textures, even carpet pattern designs for student lounges. Together with the design team, they explored ways to illustrate the connection between Forestry, Student Crafts and Fine Arts – as well as the landscape’s use of nature, sun and creation of natural learning spaces. Many of these ideas also directly support underlying goals of the project via the Living Building Challenge, such as “Biophilia” and “Beauty + Spirit”.
Arts integration also serves to showcase student works in the building: a reflection of college life and the region and an expression of sustainability. Among the core elements included:
- Wall murals painted by students will be considered for the stairwells, laundry rooms, coffee bars, basement and other areas. Also, Kevin Gardner, a muralist and Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Berea, has proposed a new community-based course for Summer 2014 to explore issues of social justice and sustainability with SENS.
- Art niches in the residence hall will feature three-dimensional ceramic artwork as well as prints and fibers, in addition to pieces on loan from the college’s teaching collection.
- A ceramic sundial over the front entrance will welcome residents and visitors to the new residence hall. Four BC students will participate in a special ceramics class in Spring Term 2013 to fabricate the tiles for this special sundial, applying each to the building in a quilt pattern.