Client: Prometheus Developments
Location: Cupertino, CA, United States
Completion date: 2010
Artwork budget: $70,000
Martin Webb Artist
Two areas approx 25 x 30ft and 18 x 18 ft including 3D “furniture/sculpture/play elements. Formed, cut, colored and blasted concrete and brass. Commissioned by the City of Cupertino, CA for a city park alongside a low income housing development 2010.
The goals were to create some focal points in the pathways of the park. The cluster of 3D concrete "pedestals" was a deliberately ambiguous feature that would be sculpture, seating, play objects, and a meeting place. The vine like shapes and "braids" speak both to the agricultural history of the area and to the connectedness of this Silicon Valley hub. The embedded brass circles are cut with lattice designs of Chinese and Islamic roots which were used to reflect the demographics of the housing development that the park is a part of.
I was commissioned by the property developer and given an existing landscape design to work within. I worked directly with the concrete contractor in forming the concrete and specifying finishes. I had stencils cut for a sandblasting contractor to use and executed the rest of the cutting and coloring of the concrete myself.