Brightwater Plaza

Articulating the Water Cycle

Jann Rosen-Queralt was part of a team of artists and designers who produced an art master plan for the King County, Washington Brightwater Treatment System in 2003. The team was dedicated to using art to expose both the natural water cycle as well as human intervention through multiple, active, and integrated experiences.

Ms. Rosen-Queralt is an installation artist who holds an MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is fascinated with the balance and tension between realms of nature and culture. She has created works for public spaces in Quebec, Texas and Virginia. Her mission for this project is to use sculptural elements in a public art context to articulate the flow of water into and out of the treatment system and to educate visitors about the treatment process.

Modeling and Pre-visualization

Understanding the complex spatial relationships among elements including effluent pipes, influent pipes, wells, walks, and breathing craters is a task especially well-suited to precision 3D modeling. The IRC is collaborating with Jann Rosen-Queralt to develop a design for the Brightwater plaza using solid modeling software.

The drawings and renderings created through this design process were eventually be used by architects and engineers to produce working drawings leading to the construction of the plaza in King County, Washington.

Production Notes

Artist: Jann Rosen-Querlt
Project Director for IRC Modeling: Lee Boot
Lead Modeler and Animation: Eric Smallwood
Modeling: Chad Eby, IRC Graduate Assistant
Rendering: Dan Bailey
This IRC interdisciplinary collaboration is being supported in part by funds from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.