Aperture
Mclean, VA
1996

This permanent installation begins with nine glass boxes imbedded in the floor, leading visitors from the elevator lobby to the main reception. The boxes, lit with state-of-the-art fiber optics, are filled with pure blue pigment powder. Their surfaces have phrases from an original poem by Albuquerque. Ten, nine ft by five ft silk-screened glass panels line the sidewalls in the corridor.  The two middle panels relate to Hubble telescope imagery of Orion’s nebula, the original birth of the stars. Finally, at the end of the corridor, is a dramatically lit blue sphere, 5-feet in diameter, which abstractly refers to the earth.  The paint color of the sphere is specially designed by Albuquerque and matches the pure blue pigment in the glass boxes.