Reflect and Resound

Location: Austin Shelter for Women and Children, Austin, TX
Commissioned By: Austin Art in Public Places
Photo Credit: Philip Rogers Photography

Virginia Fleck’s Reflect and Resound are a pair of sensory play-house sculptures that are located in the daycare facility of Austin’s Women and Children’s Shelter. Reflect is a walk-in kaleidoscope that engages each child to discover their own reflection as a mandala. Resound is a sound-hood that invites children to make and listen for sounds from nearby child-height jewel-flowers or listen for birdsong from the ten-foot jewel-flower that reaches up into the canopy of an oak tree. Fleck’s Reflect and Resound is a space for children to create an extraordinary experience with their bodies and voices through their own ordinary movements and sounds.


Tree Whimsy

Location: University Health System, San Antonio, TX
Commissioned By:
University Health System

Virginia Fleck’s Tree Whimsy is a collection of related artworks that provides solace, beauty and wayfinding for a newly constructed pediatric cardiac care unit. Fleck created murals on Acrovyn by Design™ for corridors, dimensional murals on Eco Bella™ wall covering for a playroom and an entrance-wall, and a treetop-themed graphic on cut vinyl for a window. Fleck’s goal was to create a whimsical, thematic environment that would provide young patients and their families with a positive distraction during hospital stays.


Blossom Bounce

Location: NYU Langone Hospital for Joint and Bone Disease, New York City, NY
Commissioned By: Kenise Barnes Fine Art

Blossom Bounce
was recently commissioned via Kenise Barnes Fine Art for the pediatric in-patient unit of the NYU Langone Hospital for Joint and Bone Disease in New York City. The artwork was designed to be engaging and stimulating for the pediatric in-patients. Blossom Bounce consists of over 100 die-cut laminated prints arranged on three feature walls. The brightly-colored imagery on each print is derived from artwork made from recycled plastic bags and wrappers. The resulting artworks reveal the hidden beauty of the overlooked, disposable materials that continually pass through our hands. Color, light and pattern are employed in ways that engage the viewer and energize the space. The choice of everyday materialsthe ubiquitous plastic bagis a celebration and elevation of common things, inviting us to re-frame the ordinary and to see the potential for the extraordinary all around us. These die-cut, archival prints are flush mounted, touchable, permanently sealed and virtually unbreakable.


Enchanted Vine

Location: University Health System Sky Tower, San Antonio, TX
Commissioned by: Olana Group, LLC

Enchanted Vine
was commissioned by the Olana Group LLC, for the Salud Arte program of design enhancements created for University Health System in San Antonio, TX, and is designed to be playful and engaging for pediatric patients and their families. Enchanted Vine consists of 24 die-cut, laminated prints flush mounted to a 25 ft wall across from the open concept family waiting area. The brightly-colored imagery on each print is derived from artwork made from recycled plastic bags and wrappers. The resulting artworks reveal the hidden beauty of the overlooked, disposable materials that continually pass through our hands. Color, light and pattern are employed in ways that engage the viewer and energize the space. The choice of everyday materialsthe ubiquitous plastic bagis a celebration and elevation of common things, inviting us to re-frame the ordinary and to see the potential for the extraordinary all around us. These die-cut, archival prints are flush mounted, touchable, permanently sealed and virtually unbreakable.


Luminous Loop

Location: University Health System, San Antonio, TX
Commissioned By: Olana Group LLC

Luminous Loop was commissioned by the Olana Group LLC, for the Salud Arte program of design enhancements created for University Health System in San Antonio, TX. Luminous Loop is installed on a glass partition that separates a waiting area from testing rooms in a sublevel corridor. The looping floral imagery is made from colorful, up-cycled plastic bags. This imagery was printed onto optically clear polyester film and applied to the glass. The artist worked closely with the fabricator, GlassFilm Enterprises/Lux Graphic Imaging, to develop a custom printing process that would appear bright and luminous on both the front and back side of the glass partition.


Bounce

Location: Pick Fair Park Recreation Center, Austin, TX
Commissioned By: Austin Art in Public Places
Photo Credit:
Philip Rogers Photography

Bounce was recently commissioned by Austin Art in Public Places for Pick Fair Park Recreation Center in Austin, Texas. The locationa small, decommissioned fire housewas re-purposed into a micro gym/recreation center for grade school children. Forty-one colorful, laminated, die-cut prints were installed throughout the micro-gym and in the adjoining courtyard. The imagery on each print is derived from artwork made from recycled plastic bags. The resulting artworks reveal the hidden beauty of the overlooked, disposable materials that continually pass through our hands. Color, light and pattern are employed in ways that engage the viewer and energize the space. The choice of everyday materialsthe ubiquitous plastic bagis a celebration and elevation of common things, inviting us to re-frame the ordinary and to see the potential for the extraordinary all around us.

The die-cut laminated prints are made with archival inks, permanently sealed, and virtually unbreakable.


Mandala Constellation

Location: Dell Children’s Hospital, Austin, TX
Commissioned By: Dell Children’s Hospital

Virginia Fleck created a site-specific cluster of mandalas for the soaring, two-story wall above the main entrance to Dell Children’s Hospital. The mandalas range in size from 84 to 37 inches in diameter.


Spin Cycle

Location: Whole Foods Market, Austin, TX
Commissioned By: Whole Foods

The Whole Foods Market Landmark Store and World Headquarters tower is the keystone of Austin’s Market District. Spin Cycle, which illuminates at dusk, and is sited in the three pedestrian rest areas on the 5th Street wall of Whole Foods Plaza, creates a celebratory gateway into Austin’s lively Market District.

3 circular light boxes
Recycled plastic bags, resin, plexi, aluminum, neon light
Each measures  55″L x 55″W x 3″D


Wish House/Dream House

Location: Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX

A six month long collaborative effort with Virginia Fleck and residents of all ages from Shalom House, a shelter for homeless families in Austin, Texas, produced the sparkling, ethereal Wish House/dream house sculpture and accompanying soundtrack by Tim Weins.

After a series of interviews, writing and drawing sessions the residents determined that the sculpture would take shape as a floating, dreamlike house with a soundtrack. Residents of Shalom House worked closely with the artist, designing and constructing the sculpture and recording songs, sounds and stories for the soundtrack. Residents built Wish House/dream house by the simple act of chaining together recycled pop tops from beverage cans to safety pins to create the long chains that comprise the sculpture. Shalom House child residents helped with the chaining and created hundred of trinkets that were hung all over the wish house. Wish House/dream house toured throughout Texas for 2 years helping to create visibility and a voice for a marginalized population.

Visitors had the opportunity to add trinkets to Wish House/dream house.