Commissioned by City of Rockville, Maryland for its Swim and Fitness Center
The room had major acoustical problems, which led the City to specifically
seek textile art for the space. I mitigated the problem through the use of
painted acoustical baffles and heavily-textured (including pleats) fabric wall art.
Graphic design and placement in the room incorporates an architectural wave
element present in the lobby and hallway (pictured below), and inspired by
aerial photography of Maryland.
2 sets of 5 art quilts: 28" W x 33" H, 40" W x 50" H
Painted cotton duck fabric, pleated and quilted
10 acoustic baffles, 24" W x 48" H, masked and spray-painted
I had to add PVC sleeves on the top of the acoustic baffles after
installation, when they started to bow. Scissors lift to the rescue!
The hallway leading to the fitness rooms. The wave pattern and squares were
part of my design.
A maquette showed all the elements of my art in the room (depicted with the
dividing wall in place). It was fun to make - and a requirement of my
The small canvas panels, after painting, laid out on a carpeted floor
The quilt panels were installed with wood bars, creating spaces behind the
quilts to soak up more sound
It was quite a challenge to install (I’m pretty tired in this picture), and my first experience renting machinery to do so.
Many thanks to my husband/assistant for driving the scissors truck.