The 40,000-square-foot LEED-certified Design and Media Center at
Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston that has defined the school’s
entrance since it opened in January 2016 needed a little something extra.
What it got, thanks to Providence sculptor Daniel Clayman, was Rainfield, an
installation of 10,000 raindrop-shaped glass objects hanging from the ceiling.
As if frozen in midair, the 4-inch to 12-inch-long raindrops — “I knew how to
make them from when I used to make perfume-bottle stoppers,” says Clayman
— form a “Roman barrel arch” that is 59 feet long, 46 feet wide, and 28 feet tall.
Designed, fabricated, and installed by the artist and students in an
interdisciplinary class he taught at the college during the fall 2016 semester,
Rainfield sparkles and sways slightly, reflecting the atrium’s white lights and
yellow accent walls as well as natural light that changes throughout the day.
“A lot of my work comes from a nostalgic place in my head,” says Clayman
about the inspiration for the piece, which will be on view through 2017. “Growing
up, right outside my bedroom was a copper roof.” When it rained, “it was just the
most beautiful sound in the world.” — courtney goodrich
LET IT RAIN