Park Design and Permanent Public Art Sculpture, made of mirror-polished stainless steel with an integrated high pressure fog system, 25’x13‘x14’
The art installation is part of a design for a public plaza / pocket park in a mixed use building complex at a busy intersection in Downtown Culver City.
The large sculpture was designed in response to the city’s desire to implement a water feature on the plaza. The goal was to create a water feature that is sensitive to Southern California’s climate & water shortage, and maximizes the benefit of water to create a micro-climate in the park. If desired [in response to drought conditions], the sculpture stands on its own without the water component.
Fascinated by the process of the water cycle - nothing is being added or deleted in the infinite movement of water on, above and below the surface of the earth - we used the figure of a Möbius band as inspiration to evoke the qualities of water in the sculpture. The resulting shape is reminiscent of the shape of a raindrop: contrary to popular believe, a raindrop does not have the shape of a tear-drop, but rather of a depressed ball.
Through its complex shape, sculpture's perception changes dramatically according to the viewing angle.
The sculpture is made of a twisted mirror-polished stainless band, with fog nozzles embedded into its two narrow edges. We challenged our metal fabricator Magnum Companies both through the complex shape of the artwork, as well as the material. Magnum built a custom roll-forming apparatus to be able to create the geometry of art piece.
We worked with the landscape architect to develop the overall park layout and planting palette, and also designed custom benches in order to create a unified experience for this small pocket park.
Nozzles along the two narrow edges of the band intermittently emit fog, thus enveloping the sculpture in a cloud that is both surprising to the patrons of the park and cooling to their environment. Depending on environmental conditions like weather and seasonal droughts, the fog system can be adjusted to emit more or less fog.
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