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Cause and Effect by Do Ho Suh

A collaborative approach is always rewarding and often unpredictable.  At Western Washington University, Artech worked side by side guiding student assistance for this remarkable art installation, “Cause & Effect”,  created by well know Korean artist, Do-Ho Suh. The sculpture, comprised of 1000’s of stacked 5.5” X 3” colored resin figures to form over 1200 individual strands, is installed approximately 30’ from the ground into a ceiling mounted armature. It hangs approximately 19’ long and 8’ across at the widest section.  Lead technician Bernie O’Brien, T. Michael Gardner and Raissa Markewycz formed Artech’s crew. 

The installation hangs from the 3rd floor and into the 2nd floor of the Academic Instructional Center West building at Western Washington University forming a perfect marriage between art and architecture. “‘Cause & Effect’ evokes a vicious tornado. This vast ceiling installation is a composition of densely hung strands that anchor thousands of figures clad in colors resembling a Doppler reading stacked atop one another,” said Do Ho Suh, adding that the artwork is a “physical realization of existence, suggesting strength in the presence of numerous individuals. The work is an attempt to decipher the boundaries between a single identity and a larger group, and how the two conditions coexist.”

The five day installation was completed in time for Do Hu Suh’s arrival and spring commencement where he received an honorary doctorate degree.

Photo Credit: David Scherrer

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