Rainbow Man, a wall-size installation, composed of several individual mosaics brightens the pediatric waiting room of the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit.  Laurie designed this mosaic with First United Methodist Church, “Art & Soul” participants (many who are homeless), collaborating with them to develop thematic ideas and encouraging them to express their artistic talent through working with clay.

 

 Guided by Laurie and the talented, energetic staff of Methodist  “church ladies”, not only did Art & Soul participants brainstorm for thematic ideas but once the design was developed, clay stamps were created for textures and patterns, templates utilized to create hundreds of clay triangles, stars, and other elements for the mosaics. Provided with sample glaze color tiles, the group enthusiastically and faithfully painted with the muddy glazes, the beautiful kiln-fired colors revealed only later by the kiln.

 

Focusing on Kresge Eye Institute’s clients, Rainbow Man was thoughtfully designed to produce interactive experiences meaningful for the vision impaired and how they experience art.   An existing electrical plug in the middle of the wall became an opportunity for Rainbow Man to have a glowing, dimensional heart created by glass artist, Alysa Marie Diebolt. Another wonderful interactive aspect is the Helen Keller quote in Braille, made with ADA compliant material and integrated into the “Eye” tree. The intentional clay textures allows for tactile exploration and the color and patterning are intentionally bold and bright for the greatest visual impact