Dimensions: 24' h x 11' w X 4' d
Media: Painted, tempered, laminated glass, Coated steel, Concrete
‘Kinetic Ring’ is a gateway sculpture designed to reflect the Westshore area’s active environment. A dynamic ‘pinwheel’ framework holds four c-shaped panels of painted, laminated and tempered glass. The circular form appears to deconstruct and coalesce as the viewer moves by. The images on the glass panels are photographs of the Westshore area captured in motion and abstracted. Utilizing durable architectural glass allows for overlapping translucency that other materials cannot achieve, imparting an intriguing, glowing lightness to the sculpture. ‘Kinetic Ring’ represents a new direction in my work. Utilizing flat architectural glass panels to create dynamic three-dimensional form, the glass units function as modular building materials, as one might employ plates of metal. Utilizing durable architectural glass allows for overlapping translucency that other materials cannot achieve, imparting a glowing lightness to the sculpture.
“The corner occupied by Kinetic Ring is a highly-traveled gateway for visitors traveling from the airport and area residents driving into Tampa. The Westshore Alliance and the Westshore Residential Neighborhood Improvement Committee both understand how important it is that we utilize these gateways and make them appealing for visitors and potential businesses,” Tampa said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “This is a great example of how public-private partnerships make our community a better place.”
The City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division partnered with the Westshore Alliance and the Westshore Residential Neighborhood Improvement Committee to commission a gateway that welcomes motorists arriving to Tampa from western Hillsborough County, Tampa International Airport, and Pinellas County.
“As Westshore transitions from a business district to a dynamic regional activity center, public art enhances the identity of the area as a modern, creative, thriving neighborhood in the City. We look forward to partnering with the City on future public art ventures,” said Ron Rotella, Executive Director of the Westshore Alliance.
The images on the glass panels are photographs of the Westshore area captured in motion and abstracted. The artist shot photos of the area in an active manner to reflect the nature of the intersection where the artwork is placed. The glass was fabricated by the prestigious Franz Mayer of Munich utilizing the float glass technique. The art image is silk-screened onto tempered glass using powdered glass. This powdered glass is then fired at high temperature in large kilns, which melts and fuses the image onto the tempered glass. This creates a permanent glass image suitable for outdoor installation.
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