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  • 'Lighting the Way'

    Painted-glass windows installed in SOU's Churchill Hall cast changing colors as the sun moves across the sky
  • The arched and circular figures, she says, echo architectural themes of the Spanish Mission-style Churchill Hall, with its many arched windows, hall entrances and gate. It was built in 1926.
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  • The arched and circular figures, she says, echo architectural themes of the Spanish Mission-style Churchill Hall, with its many arched windows, hall entrances and gate. It was built in 1926.
    "The experience should be very dynamic for people who live and work on campus, because there are multiple points of view here, in day and night," she notes. "It's like looking at a blue sky. The windows will be a beautiful and timeless part of this campus. When the sun is strong, it will throw images all over and it will change all year based on how high the sun is in the sky."
    Hirsch is a painter and glass artist who executes "site specific" works on public and private structures. A native of Chicago, she got her bachelor's degree from University of Michigan and did graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis.
    "For me, personally, what's most exciting about this work is that it activates and affects the space by casting images that are soft and ethereal, like being inside a watercolor, yet the glass has hardness. It's seemingly static, but it's alive. I'm curious to see all the things that happen with it. It has the potential to affect people long-term because it's here for the long term.
    "It offers people a way to calm themselves. ... People notice their environment and will recharge themselves by (getting outside their) obligations and head space momentarily."
    John Darling is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Email him at jdarling@jeffnet.org.
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