Project Overview

Light Veil - Benjamin L. Hooks Library

Ed Carpenter was commissioned to create a major sculpture in the 80′ high main atrium. This area is visible from the exterior as well as from various levels within the building. The sculpture consists of a monumental inward sloping veil of glass suspended just inside the east facing curtain wall. Its overlapping layers create rich textures of transparency, shadow, and color – literally a curtain of light. Sunlight passing into the building reflects and transmits throughout the atrium in changing geometric textures and patterns. Dramatic views through the sculpture reward library users on glass enclosed elevators, a glass clad exposed stair, and from all five levels of the building.


About the Artist

Ed Carpenter

create atmospheric and emotional conditions which can make a site even more suited for its intended purpose than it otherwise would be.
— Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter is an architectural artist based in Portland, Oregon.  He studied architectural glass design in England and in Germany through the support of a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts.  Since beginning his career in 1973, he has completed more than forty large scale collaborative art commissions in public buildings around the U.S. and Japan.  Carpenter describes his work as a public artist by saying that he strives to