Client: Gilda's Club Kentuckiana
Location: Louisville, KY, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $27,300
Andy Harding Art
Structural Steel Work
Sentry Steel, Inc
Potter and Associates
Gilda's Club Kentuckiana
This suspended mixed media sculpture installation is composed of geometric polygon sculptures composed of reclaimed old growth pine and discarded acrylic “clouds” suspended in a 50′ long skylight space. The piece measures 50’x6’x6′ and was commissioned by Gilda’s Club for this newly renovated space.
The leadership at Gilda's Club wanted a striking focal point for the beautiful skylight space. The natural wood forms bring a contemporary edge to the space while also providing warmth. The acrylic cloud forms have a subtle but moving interplay with the slightly obscured sky above the translucent skylight.
I coordinated with the architects of the space to determine anchor points for the piece. After getting sign-off from the structural engineer, we contracted the metal workers to drill 1/8" holes in the aluminum roof supports at precise increments. Fifty foot lengths of 1/16" aircraft cable were passed down the length of the space through each roof support in line with the window mullions so that they would disappear into the ceiling. These cables were secured at each end after tensioning. We were able to install the various elements of the sculpture on these parallel tensioned cables using ladders and scaffolding in an efficient manner.