Another Sky is an installation consisting of 33 miles of hanging ribbon. The installation hangs beneath a 55' high skylight in the atrium of The Palazzo Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 3,590 individual strands in 15 different colors of blue, green and purple are suspended above a reflecting pool. The dimensions of the installation are 48 ½’ H x 11’ W x 43' D.
The atrium is a very busy place in the hotel – between a casino and luxury stores. Another Sky seeks to provide a moment of meditation to the people bustling by. The ribbons cascade down out of the overhead skylight creating moving pathways of cobalt, turquoise, and emerald to entice the viewer to stop and be mesmerized by the gently swaying ribbon.
The changing color palette of the ribbons from indigo and plum on one side of the piece to aqua and chartreuse on the other side provide a varied viewing experience. From the floor of the atrium the ribbons sway meditatively above the viewer, for a more immersive experience, one can view the work from the balcony level.
‘Another Sky’ was developed in association with Culture Corps, an organization which specializes in tailor-made artwork for clients in various industries: hospitality, entertainment, corporate and real estate.
Taking the uniqueness of the atrium into consideration, Patterson designed the work at her studio in New York, New York along with her associate Kina Park. Assistant Dan Harrington led a team of six artists to build the piece out of ribbon and aircraft cable. The assembled ribbons were then shipped to The Palazzo Venetian, where a rigging crew of 5 hung the ribbons as per Patterson's direction.
Patterson has a condition called synesthesia, a condition in which stimulation of one sensory pathway triggers involuntary stimulation of another sensory pathway. As a result of this condition, Patterson sees “an incredible magnificence of colors and shapes,” when she hears music, and the smells of spring, for instance, trigger a “play of color” in her mind. Patterson's site-responsive installations are synesthetic environments in which viewers can enjoy a piece of art that appeals to more than just one of their senses.
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