Last Friday was the 6th annual Art at the Capitol, where lawmakers welcomed the public to tour their offices to view the publicly held artwork there.
This year’s theme was Illuminating the Legislative Process for the featured complementary chandeliers hanging in the Senate and House chambers at the Hawaii State Capitol.
The “Sun” and “Moon” by kinetic artist, Otto Piene, hang in the House and Senate chambers of the Hawaii State Legislature at the State Capitol
The kinetic light sculptures were commissioned by the State of Hawaii and installed in the koa-lined chambers of the House and Senate in 1971. The House Sun is a gold-plated sphere with 132 smaller golden orbs while the Senate Moon is a silver ball of 630 chambered nautilus shells. The featured artist, Otto Piene was unable to attend the event, but was interviewed speaking about the two complementary sculptures.
Art at the Capitol began in 2008 as Senator Brian Taniguchi’s initiative to welcome the public to view the variety of state-owned artwork displayed not just in the open areas of the State Capitol, but the legislative offices as well. More than 900 pieces of artwork in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Arts and Culture’s Art in Public Places Program are displayed at the State Capitol.
Two string quartets in the Hawaii Youth Symphony Orchestra played music for guests as they enjoyed the artwork in various legislators’ offices.
Many of the artwork in the Art in Public Places collection are done by artists local to the area. Some were on hand to talk about the works displayed in various offices.
Senator Ige with artist Steve Martin, who created the stoneware vessel displayed in his office.
Some senators provided additional entertainment and refreshment for guests.
Senator Gabbard shows off his Jean Charlot painting and offers his wife’s homemade toffee treats to constituents and guests.
Senator Jill Tokuda entertains guests with music from a harpist and flutist in her office for Art at the Capitol
Many legislators personally welcomed visitors to their offices.
Senator Espero greets guests to his office
Senator Kidani describes painting above her workstation a calming window
Senator Nishihara poses with guests in his office
Senators’ staff were also on hand to discuss the artwork in the offices.
Senate President Donna Mercado Kim’s staff members rest under a wall of photographs.
Many people brought their families to the First Friday because appreciation of art has no age limits.
Guests in show off their 2014 Art at the Capitol packet in Senator Green’s office.
Senator Kahele and Senate Sergeant of Arms, Ben Villaflor taking a break to listen to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra quartet
The evening was a fun and successful one and we hope that you will join us next year at Art at the Capitol.
Posted by Hawaii Senate Majority Caucus