Christine Byers City of Culver City Department of Cultural Affairs [ contact info ]
Jai Pal Khalsa Khalsa & Associates/TKG West Inc.
Bryan Spangle Hudson & Pacific
(650 sq. feet / ceramic tiles) The repeating tile pattern in Underlying Currents references water, the human body, wood grain, and the raked stone ground of Japanese Zen gardens, depending upon the color. Located at the entrance to three buildings of a residential development, each section is glazed to complement the color of its respective building. The tiles bring a rhythmic, organic element to the property.
Throughout time, walkways symbolically mark the transition from the domestic to the public sphere. Residents and their guests, along with delivery, maintenance, and service providers experience the artwork by literally stepping into it. The underlying interconnection within nature, society, a neighborhood, and an individual is subtly suggested. An established urban neighborhood transitioning towards re-development receives a beautiful, yet thought-provoking feature intended to stand the test of time.
The project architect persuaded the real estate developer to commission artwork as an enhancement to the property at a very late stage. The building's design and color scheme was already well established. The landscaping area in front of the property was too narrow to accommodate a free-standing sculpture. I therefore created a design that utilized the vast available paving surfaces and complimented the rich, velvety stucco treatment of the townhouses. Jacaranda trees, with their linear leaf patterns and falling lilac-colored flowers, were intentionally chosen to harmonize with the tile design.
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