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Excellent in all four criteria. Unique, individualized expres- sion in a vertical plane. Bas- relief is impressive with its expression of a sense of place, a sense of land forms. Great ap- preciation for the artistic hand of the sandblaster. If the wall makes me want to touch it, it is meaningful and successful.
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Conceptually, the idea of the feature wall was to simulate if a slice of a canyon was extracted and displayed.
The sculptural windswept finish on the feature wall was as much a process as an idea. It all revolved around knowing that a specific expression was desired. With this in mind, the blocks were selected for uniformity to mirror the tectonic intersections found in nature. Sandblasters un- dertook the carving of the stone the same way a sculp- tor would. They carefully raked each panel in an un- dulating motion, creating a wave effect very similar to what Mother Nature does over centuries.
Time was taken transition- ing from panel to panel to create the continuity needed for a continuous flow. Dramatic lighting is used
to highlight the sculpted stone, capturing the relief and detail of the surface. The result: a hybrid of dig- itally developed modeling and hand-finished circum- stance that bridges the line between natural and com- puter-generated form.
The design was modified with the addition of a logo wall, which was also care- fully accomplished. The logo was designed to be disguised within the pan- els, only revealing itself when caught by the metic- ulous eye of visitors. As a result, the vibrant stone was crafted into one of the cen- ter’s most integral design features. Fusing nature and urbanity, the captivating stone allows visitors to ex- perience a microcosm of the beautiful desert landscape native to the university’s home.
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As a homage to its home in the southwest desert, a 40 foot by 10 foot metaquartzite feature wall greets visitors in the lobby. This wall largely pays tribute to two signifi- cant women, Ambassador Barbara McConnell Barrett and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, for whom the center is named.
 Washington Center A
rizona State University’s
is a historic building located just two blocks from the White House and is home to various ASU programs and research facilities.

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