The suspended sculpture is located in the escalator atrium in the center of the store and serves as the primary feature. It is composed of more than 40,000 crystals suspended on stainless steel cables. These are illuminated by internal LED's and by focused lights from above.
The objective of the design was to create a work that related to the unique location of the project. The design was created to represent the clouds around the mountains surrounding the city of Almaty. The suspended crystals are assembled to be cloud like forms that the customers move through as they pass by on the adjacent escalators.
There was a close working relationship with the Interior Designer to coordinate all of the components such as lighting and support systems that were integral to the sculpture.
The work was designed in Louisville, KY and fabricated by a studio created just for this project in Moscow, Russia. Sasha Strekopytova worked on the development of the project in Louisville and then established and managed the production in Russia as well as supervising the installation in Kazakhstan.
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