An fd2s-designed exterior exhibit at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming and Diving Center honors those Olympians who have competed as members of The University of Texas swimming and diving program. A companion exhibit, located inside the Swim Center acknowledges all swimmers and divers who have earned letterwinner and All-American status. True to the spirit in which the gift was given by a former athlete to underwrite the initiative, the exhibits seek to highlight the storied history of the university’s swimming and diving program.
The installation comprises long, perforated metal “ribbons” that engage an existing handrail surrounding a large tree well outside the Center’s main entrance. While the perforated material provides a level of transparency, etched metal discs on the faces of the ribbons recognize Olympians by name and include the Olympic year(s) in which he or she participated, the number(s) and type(s) of medals awarded, and in which event(s). Each disc also includes a factoid about or quote from the athlete. In order to provide a finished look while accommodating future Olympians, polished “blank” medallions were installed, which allows visitors to literally see themselves as future Olympians. The university’s characteristic “burnt orange” color appears on the edges of the discs for an understated accent. To round out the design, the inboard faces of the ribbons are animated with bright colors and patterns, one of which bears the Olympic motto: Faster, Higher, Stronger.
A companion exhibit located inside the building highlights the storied history of the university’s swimming and diving program by means of a layered and panelized display with team rosters, quotes and images. Both exhibits have been designed to accommodate future accomplishments.