When Michael Hand was given the task of creating a design for the interior spaces in the newly opened North Lawn Hall, he knew that he needed an eye-catching divider screen to define the tech lounge space but leave it open enough so students could see what was going on. He wanted it to be a unique statement piece, so he decided to design it himself. Hand researched what the building would mean to freshmen coming onto the campus of The University of Alabama and what they would gain from attending classes in the new building before settling on the theme of “knowledge.”
Next, he selected the material that would be used. Hand explains, “I knew the finished product would have to be constructed of something substantial…a material that would help convey my concept on the strength that knowledge is and what someone gains from knowledge at The University of Alabama.” Hand chose to collaborate with a local metal artist to create the wall in steel. It is constructed in 3 panels, each measuring 8 feet in length and standing 10 feet tall. Once it was all welded together, each panel was powder coated for a “baked on” finish that would be sure to last for many years to come. The final piece is attached to a metal i-beam installed above the ceiling for stability.
Hand’s comments on the finished product, “I am beyond pleased with the outcome of the knowledge wall and hope to create more installations like this on campus.” Michael Hand is a UA alumnus with a degree in interior design. He works in the Furnishings and Design department as an Interior Designer II.
The Search for Knowledge (Literally!)
Can you find the word “knowledge” hidden in the design? Click the image for a larger view.