Pneuma was completed this spring and made from wood and perforated stainless steel. It is the largest piece Barbara Cooper has built to date and is 45 feet long by 13 feet wide and 3 feet high. The piece is suspended in the atrium of Pro Medica’s new Generations Tower, built to honor the families of Toledo, Ohio, and assist in the restoration and renovation of the communities there.
The very different materials of wood and metal materialize the tension and connection between the physical and the spiritual and the wholeness and complexity of what constitutes a life.
If you would like to see how the piece was made and installed, scroll back in time on the artist’s facebook page, showing the making of the piece from the very beginning of the first molds that were used with the vacuum press, the transport to Vector Custom Metal Fabricators where the perforated stainless steel was added, and to the installation in Toledo. The installation can also be seen in a videotape.
Barbara Cooper will participate in Third Coast Disrupted, commencing this fall. Seven artists and seven scientists will engage in dialogue about climate change and its impact in the Chicago area. This September, 14 they will meet and start talking at a daylong retreat in Indiana Dunes National Park. Through the following year, they’ll continue the conversation, while the artists create new artworks – inspired by the dialogue – for an exhibition at the Glass Curtain Gallery of Columbia College Chicago. with the goal of producing work that addresses those concerns, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College in fall of 2020.