The light mobile is a 1500 piece light-sculpting art piece that hangs in the atrium of the new power solutions division at Johnson Controls' Glendale headquarters. This project had a menu of 4 Constituent Parts – 3 types of refractive lenses, custom-made attachment hardware, cnc-bent stainless steel rods, and of course LIGHT! The sculpture measures 40' x 40' x 15'.
The artwork strongly informed the entire atrium space. This sculpture was meant to be the element that brought the atrium space to life with sculptural forms and light. The acoustic panels that wrap the back wall and ceiling of the space were envisioned as a form to receive the Light Mobile.
Design Fugitives was the artistic consultant and fabricator on the project. From the project's conception, we worked with the building architect - Gensler Architects out of Chicago - to bring the client's original dream of an ethereal light-sculpting branching structure to life.
This project was intensive in materials research, and incorporated advanced manufacturing into many aspects of the process of designing and making. Design Fugitives searched for and tested over 100 different types of refletive and refractive plastics before deciding on three types. We also formed the 'leaves' and 'stems' using CNC cutting and wire forming.
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