Project Name: Waikui
Location: Honolulu, O’ahu, HI
Components: Buzon polycarbonate clear pedestals, glass pavers
The Hawai’i State Art Museum (HiSAM) revitalized the No. 1 Capitol District Building courtyard, originally a nonaccessible and challenging-to-maintain space, into a vibrant sculpture garden and versatile gathering venue for public events. The 7,700 square foot pool courtyard area was converted into a captivating sculpture garden, featuring the monumental artwork, “Waikui,” a striking homage to the historic YMCA swimming pool. Artist Doug Young artfully addressed preservation concerns by encapsulating the pool’s essence in architectural glass pavers, featuring a dual-layered image symbolizing the union of pool water and the coastal ocean. “Waikui,” meaning “meeting of two waters,” encapsulates this narrative.
Blending History, Art, and Community
The sculpture garden preserves elements reminiscent of the pool, providing enchanting pathways for exploration and serene spots for reflection. Once a recreational space boasting a grand swimming pool, it now serves the public as a free and accessible urban oasis, inviting all to enjoy the seamless blend of history, art, and community.
Over the years, thousands of Hawaii people have learned to swim in the pool that was here. It’s a historic building on the National Register, so we had to at least keep the feeling of the pool, and the water art does that. At first when you look at it you think it is water. Kids run down there and kick off their shoes.
System Components Working Together
Pairing architectural glass pavers and Buzon polycarbonate clear pedestals maintain a seamless, see-through appearance, eliminating unintended dark spots at glass paver intersections and boundaries.
- Buzon polycarbonate clear pedestals
- Multi-layered laminated architectural glass pavers
- Translucent Buzon spacer tabs
- Silicone pad
Waikui Photorealistic “Pool” Art Glass Floor
- Artist: Young Hawaii Works of Art
- Buzon Master Distributor: Buzon USA
- Architectural Glass Pavers: Please inquire
- Buzon Consultant and Trainer Services: Eagle Roof Decks
No. 1 Capitol District Building Courtyard
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