The work is located on a grassy field between several glass buildings on the edge of the Salt River called Marina Heights. The work is made of large recycled granite curbstone and weathering steel. The work allows for participation with integrated seating on stone steps cladding the bow of the boat. The boat emerges from a colossal stone picture frame, through which the viewer sees the river, a bridge over it, and the desert in the distance. "Theater of the Wind" creates a meditative living landscape painting which the viewer becomes a part of.
The goal was to create an interactive sculpture that encourages the public to sit on the steps that go up the bow of the boat. From that vantage point the large stone picture frame highlights the landscape, with the river in the foreground, a neighborhood behind it, and a desert in the distance.
Ilan worked with his engineer David Luneng, the architect for State Farm, Richard Drinkwater, and Greg Esser, the director of ASU Art Museum who was responsible for organizing this project. The sculpture is located on top of an underground parking lot, which was slightly problematic because of the need to be aware of weight distribution. The end result was to spread the foundation out quite large and then build up the landscape around the project. Ilan worked in his NY studio to build the steel frame that the piece is connected to. Then he built the frame using the recycled curb stones and pins, all numbered, and when it was complete, he took it apart then shipped everything to Tempe, Arizona where he then connected to the prepared foundation, welded on site and rebuilt the frame using the numbered pin system in one week.
Media: Cor-ten steel and granite
Dimensions: 18 x 22 x 24 feet
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