LS3P Architectural Firm commissioned environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser with designing the 40’ x 13.5’ Monumental Wall at Ingevity Corporation headquarters in Charleston SC. Fiber reactive dyes and wax were used to create the original batik on silk “Charleston Charted”, 171” x 54”, which took 4 months of studio time.
Rick Rhodes has photographed Fraser’s large scale batiks for 30 years. He produced the high definition grid needed to recreate 12 museum quality metallic canvases, each 10’ tall and 4.5’ wide. The canvas reproductions are mirror wrapped and stretched on poplar bars. The work is moisture and UV protected, as well as abrasion resistant, with inks designed to last 100+ years. Using scaffolding and ladders, Brad Harder’s installers worked their way bottom to top using Z bar cleats to secure the panels.