Beacon Bloom

Submitted by Arlon Bayliss

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Client: City of Carmel, Indiana

Location: Carmel, IN, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $350,000

Project Team

Fabricator

BoBar Industries Inc.

Industry Resource

Smock Fansler Corporation

Client

City of Carmel

Artist

Arlon Bayliss

Overview

Viewers approaching and passing the roundabout see three, steel flower-like structures with curvy stems. They face south, northeast and northwest. The composition is raised well above the roundabout, making it easily visible to motorists; the tallest is more than thirty feet high. As viewers circle the form, its flowers’ undulating stems seem to make the sculpture come alive. At night the structure displays a delicate, multi-colored play of lights reflected in the undersides of the seven hundred and sixty eight stainless steel florets, which form the three flowers

Goals

The sculpture serves as a beacon, signaling the presence of the roundabout not with a warning, but with a welcoming expression of hope and growth. It also marks an important entrance to the City of Carmel. The installation looks like a subtle firework display, a moment frozen in time.

Process

Atop each stem is a tilted twelve-foot wide domed flower. The flowers are comprised of sixteen stainless steel clusters on curved cluster arms. Each similarly domed cluster is two feet wide and contains sixteen florets, endless laser-cut three-lobed loops of cut and folded stainless steel strip. Inside each floret space age coated dichroic glass and LED lighting are combined, so that by night each is bathed in subtly changing colored light. The seven hundred and sixty eight florets together use only 135 watts of electricity.

Additional Information

“I wanted the sculpture to be a beautiful marker; a beacon of light that not only signals the roundabout but also celebrates the city”. ” It was a privilege working with Smock Fansler Corporation, who constructed the base for the sculpture, and with BoMar Industries whose experience, skills, and creative problem solving made them, once again, ideal fabricators of my work.” - Arlon Bayliss