Art and Design: Form and Function
Design is part of every creation. The building of an environmentally sustainable facility is no different; it must take so many disparate elements and marry them in a blend of form and function. It is about the ability to dream like an artist, and think like an engineer. It is about creating spaces that inspire us, that bring us together, that enable us to explore sustainability and that become, at their best, works of art that we can move through and live in.
Integrative Design is a decision making process that seeks to marry optimum strategies together in a synergistic, holistic and integrated way for excellence in outcome.
Typically, this approach seeks to create systems that meet environmental and social goals. Its hallmark is a multidisciplinary team whose collaborative approach brings members together to make shared decisions, following a project through its life, from early conception, through ongoing operation and assessment. Sun Peaks Center for Art & Sustainability has benefited from a dedicated team of contractors, technicians, artists, and craftsmen who have devoted themselves to its development over the past 40 years, following through on Ray Armstrong’s vision and ideas through a collaborative and creative problem solving process.
Those involved must not only know how to design functional structures that will be safe in all kinds of conditions, they must also have an eye for beauty; elements must harmonize and complement each other.
Art: The main purpose of art is the expression of boundless ideas and concepts. This endeavor can model behaviors, shape beliefs, and create shared experiences. In effect, it draws back to us, grows inside us, and becomes a part of us. Through its diverse forms, like literature, music, sculpture, and paintings, art touches every facet of our lives.
Here are a few of the works of art that have been inspired by Sun Peaks, and that now have become part of the experience for all visitors.