In 2009, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception launched a competition to design its final project - a 13,000 square foot mosaic adorning the basilica’s central “Trinity Dome”. Corey August and I were selected as the grand prize winners - setting a visual concept which would later inspire the finished work.
Our approach explored a number of complex design issues related to perception and experience of the dome mosaic, which is viewed from many places throughout the Basilica. Sight-lines, materials, ventilation, lighting, color and typography were thoughtfully added to the design, and we are pleased to see that many of these ideas were carried into the final installation.
Concept Design: Philip Goolkasian and Corey August
Status: Completed (2018)