As guests enter the atrium of the Cade Museum of Creativity + Invention, they will encounter a beautiful hanging sculpture representing the elements of creativity. The sculpture is comprised of several hundred pieces of tinted glass hanging from the ceiling in an elegant, three-dimensional shape. The patterns within the shape were inspired by the building’s architecture and gallery plans. They are also abstract representations of each of the key messages that guests will learn about as they explore the museum’s various galleries (tools, process, environment, opportunity, etc.).
At first glance, the sculpture is just a beautiful piece of art, filling the atrium with light and color. However, as guests encounter the piece from different vantage points, patterns within the colored glass align and guests will begin to see iconic forms within the sculpture come into perspective.
For example, the familiar shape of the Gatorade lightning bolt, a light bulb or Newton’s apple might come into view. The intent of this visual message is to showcase that the “spark of creativity” occurs when our various creative elements (tools, process, environment, opportunity, etc.) come into alignment.