Joe Kievitt (PORTLAND ARTIST) (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)
Portland, Maine-based artist Joe Kievitt stands on a scissor lift as he oversees the large-scale installation of his 60,000 glass tile geometric mosaic at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine n Orono Monday morning, September 21, 2009. Kievitt and three fellow artists started affixing Kievitt's pre-assembled tiles last week and hope to have the project completed by the end of this week. "Because this space is shared by the Hudson Museum and the performing arts center, I wanted to try and find something that referenced both," said Kievitt. It hints at the beadwork and textile work in the museum and the idea of light and movement references the performing arts center." (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)
ORONO, Maine — Once you’ve explored the new and improved Hudson Museum, don’t forget to take a look at the new Percent for Art piece that was recently installed at the Collins Center for the Arts.
The piece, actually a series of glass-tile mosaics by Belfast native and Portland resident Joe Kievitt, is in several locations on the lobby walls of the Collins Center.
Kievitt used more than 400 square feet of half-inch glass tile to create the mosaics, which resemble starbursts with lines intersecting circles and were inspired by Native American beading and decorative patterns. They have been installed on the large white walls around the cafe area and facing the ramp that leads up to the Hudson Museum.
Maine’s Percent for Art law reserves 1 percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings.