A private client was interested in having a blue wave in the front of her elegant home. The bronze and steel work was to be ergonomically designed so that she could sit at her desk and look out into the world through a blue wave. Bronze sheet, Stainless Steel and solar-powered lighting. The final piece was 6' (H) x 6' (W) x 4' (D)
Creating the wave so that it could be looked through was crucial. The window was Ms. Fisher's only source for natural light and so it was important not to block it. By the time the piece was constructed, we'd all measured the window at least a dozen times.
Ms. Fisher was a joy to work with. She wanted something elegant and timeless. She was also willing to explore possible variations on the wave's shape. We refined the design several times, until it was finally more about the energy of a wave, than an actual wave.
Ms. Fisher wanted a very blue sculpture and so we used an eco-friendly chemical patination created for The Milligan Studio which would be applied at lower temps, as we had to install the work before Christmas. The cold air made it ice over in places, but the patination set perfectly. And so now, when the sculpture ages, the classical green verdigris will bloom underneath and blend with the brilliant blue. We enjoyed creating this work so very much that we began a series of "wave/sail" sculptural variations that we've placed with municipalities and private clients.
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