Stanford Research Park | Palo Alto, CA | Aluminum, Dichroic Glass, Acid Etched Glass | 2 structures: 60'L x 7’H and 35'L x 6'H | 2021


An aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels. More specifically, the aperture and focal length of an optical system determine the cone angle of a bundle of rays that come to a focus in the image plane.

Gordon’s creative objectives for the sculpture installation Aperture were multifold. His first objective was to create an installation that was fully integrated into a relatively complex landscape plan. Through its multi-layered and angled wedge shape, Aperture appears to emerge organically from the landscape. In addition, the form of the work acts as an introduction to and complements the angled planes of the site’s architecture.

His second objective was to create a sculptural installation that actively engages the cyclists, pedestrians and motorists who will experience the work on a daily basis and consider the movement and speeds at which they will view the work. Aperture has depth, size and complexity of design that will elicit an enduring interest and excitement. Because of the materials, the work will never be experienced the same way twice.

The materials for this work, brushed aluminum, acid etched glass and dichroic glass are rich and elegant. The aperture created in the aluminum layer will enable more light to engage with and activate the dichroic glass, which will change in color depending on the angle of viewing and ambient light. The use of acid etched glass in front of the dichroic glass further enhances the visual dynamic and creates a compelling complexity.

These materials and they way in which they are layered will be particularly effective at night, when the integrated lighting will produce an enchanting and lovely glow.