Circle of the Muse

Crittenden Middle School
Mountain View, CA

• Completed in 2001
• Bill Gould & Glen Rogers
• Fabrication & Installation by Lizard Skin Studios

A thirty-foot circular plaza that serves as a centerpiece for the remodeled campus. It provides seating, a place of inspiration and a place for friends to meet. Bartell’s Art & Technology class helped design the overall structure, subsequent classes fabricated the elements that give the piece its character, such as hand painted ceramic tiles and cast concrete stones. Students form Deborah Sanz’s class created a broken-tile mosaic in the shape of a compass with a central time capsule assembled by the science classes. Four “poetry stations” sited round the circle are inscribed with a poem, My Voice by Nell Radaniel, the winner of a campus-wide poetry contest. Guest poet Parthenia Hicks was invited to be mentor and final judge for this literary prize. While the English version of the poem is water-jet cut into the central plates, six other languages are silk-screened onto the surface.