Kardia is a brilliantly colored glass artwork in the east wall of the Regional Arts Commission gallery. Kardia–Greek for heart–is the metaphoric heart muscle of the St. Louis arts community, its four chambers powered by the ideas, cooperation and energy of many people. The artist asked residents of all backgrounds and ages to describe unforgettable encounters with artists of their work. The fragments of these memories were then carved into the exterior surface of Kardia. This formal text design contrasts with the energy of the interior face, expressed by the rushing, spiraling patterns of color, made of deeply acid-etched mouth-blown glass.
Year Completed: 2003
Owner: Regional Arts Comission