Compound Sight, 2015

Dan Corson
(American, born 1964)

Location: University of Washington - Bothell, Bothell


Comprised of five glass panels and an array of optic lenses, Compound Sight references an insect's compound eye. The optic lenses are arranged using the Fibonacci sequence. In mathematics, the Fibonacci sequence is a pattern of numbers where each number is the sum of the two numbers before it. The Fibonacci sequence can be seen in many forms and patterns in nature, such as a nautilus seashell, a sprouting fern frond, flower petal patterns, storm clouds, and more. The Fibonacci sequence was also influential to the architecture of Discovery Hall, located on the Bothell Campus of the University of Washington.

Artist Dan Corson describes the potential of Compound Sight to "…stimulate thought, interaction and foster an alternate and creative perspective to reveal itself. Perhaps like the nature of a compound eye, many images combine into a singular vision."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with University of Washington.


Dan Corson works in Seattle, creating environments through use of Art, Theatrical Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Magic. He shows his art in public spaces and galleries. He is best known for his use of light. His work asks the viewer to be a participant. By exploring his background in theater, Corson provoke questions on the human experience.
Corson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Drama with an emphasis in design from San Diego State University. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Material CategorySculpture - glass
MediumGlass, acrylic, and steel
Dimensions10 ft x 4 ft x 2 in
ID NumberWSAC2013.006.002
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationHawaii, United States
Location Information
AgencyUniversity of Washington
Artwork LocationUniversity of Washington - Bothell
Discovery Hall, 1st floor, north side of Co-Lab space
WA CountyKing
Site TypeUniversity
Address18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Geo. Coordinates47.759162 | -122.191402
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