Norwood Viviano's site-speciﬁc installation Cities: Departure and Deviation is comprised of 24 blown-glass forms based on three- dimensional rotations of statistical data for major urban centers in the United States. Each individual piece explores the speciﬁc history of its namesake city - tracking shifts in population growth and decline relative to their dependence on the expansion and contraction of local industry. The blown-glass objects, created entirely in shades of clinical white, black and gray, reference the weight and precision of hanging plumbs and the precariousness of spinning tops.
In the installation they are paired with digital renderings, which originally served as working plans for the glass pieces. They provide a timeline deﬁning connections and drawing comparisons amongst cities. Reminiscent of typology charts used by historians and archeologists to classify ancient vessels, the renderings are created with digital programming currently used by industry. Viviano uses contemporary technology and a formal vocabulary to impose on the hand-blown nature of each object.
Viviano's analysis of the rise and fall of populations in American cities over nearly 400 years is a visually striking statement about the geographical, historical and cultural factors affecting our urban landscape.
Norwood Viviano received a BFA in Sculpture and Glass from Alfred University and MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Arts Society. Recently he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and was awarded an Artists' Residency, at the Kohler Company in Sheboygan, WI. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, as well as numerous private collections.