The design began as an independent study between 10 student members in the spring semester of 2017, working closely as a team to design a constructible object that would be entered in the Art on the Beltline competition. The student team consisted of both undergraduate and graduate students working together on the design, material research, construction methods, and test fabrication pieces. The independent study compiled a proposal presented to the Georgia Tech Student Government Association in April of 2017 to successfully acquire funds for the project, totaling in $25,000. A final team of four completed the construction documents, fabrication with aide from the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and installation of the piece on the Beltline in December of 2017. The piece was installed on the Beltline Eastside Trail from December 2017 through June 2018. It now stands on GA Tech campus since October of 2018.
The Veil sits floating just above the landscape; from afar it stands as a canopy of lightness and delicacy. Yet the canopy comprised of individual steel cables serves as a tensile structure, forcing the aluminum tubes into a formation of crossing of A-frame constructions. The cables drape over the structure as a veil. The play of light and shadow interacts with the intertwining cables and allows visitors to experience the changes from walking through the piece. The Veil stands as a symbol of unity, a symbol of endurance, and a symbol of integrity. The highest point of the structure emerges from its foundations, protruding above visitors, while the stability of the cables brings it into its equilibrium, serving as a manifestation of Women in Architecture’s commitment to equity within the field of architecture.