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Reinaldo Correa, Joe Fentress, Brenna Fransen & Dai Le

Author: Heather Sauer | Image: Heather Sauer

A team led by Reinaldo Correa, assistant teaching professor of architecture, won a public art competition curated by Liz Lidgett Gallery & Design for the Johnston Town Center, a project by OPN Architects, Confluence, Hansen Company and Hansen Real Estate. Correa worked virtually over the summer with fourth-year architecture students Brenna Fransen and Dai Le and industrial design senior Joe Fentress to develop their winning proposal, “Ripples” (aka “Big Fish”) — an interactive metal sculpture of the body and tail of a leaping Largemouth Bass, the most common species found in Saylorville Lake and Terra Lake in Johnston. The sculpture features kinetic scales and color-changing lighting. Fabrication will begin later this year, with installation planned for early April 2021.