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Cascade, 2013

Kana Tanaka
(Japanese, born 1972)

Location: Washington State University - Spokane, Spokane

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Kana Tanaka's art installation Cascade references the nearby Spokane River and its rushing waterfalls. Colorful and reflective leaves, flower petals, and fish made of dichroic glass are scattered throughout the thousands of hand-formed clear glass spheres. This type of glass contains multiple colors that change depending on light and the viewer's position. The artwork as a whole hangs over and throughout the stairwell like a gushing river. Tanaka notes, “The river does many things – it purifies the rushing waters, it soothes and refreshes."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Washington State University.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kana Tanaka is an installation artist who uses glass to explore light and optical phenomena, and to challenge our conventional ways of seeing. In her own words, “Instead of making simple objects, which the viewer looks at, I create experiences that surround the viewer and affect their senses… Viewers become part of the work as they interact with it and observe light.”

Born and raised in Aichi, Japan, Tanaka specialized in glassblowing at the National Aichi University of Education in Japan, and continued to study glass and light during her Master of Fine Arts degree at Rhode Island School of Design. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - glass

Medium

Handmade clear and dichroic glass and stainless steel wire

Dimensions

17 ft x 8 ft x 130 ft

ID Number

WSAC2011.022.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

California, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Washington State University

Artwork Location

Washington State University - Spokane
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, suspended above north stairway

WA County

Spokane

Setting

Interior

Site Type

University

Address

412 E Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202

Geo. Coordinates

47.660532 | -117.406805

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