Constellations

Submitted by Scott Fitzel

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Client: Hapuna Prince Hotel

Location: Kohala, HI, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $85,000

Project Team

Artist

Kathleen Grennan

Xen Design

Architect

G70

G70 Architects

Artist

Scott Fitzel

Xen Design

Overview

Clear solid glass orbs ranging from 2″ to 12″ diameter suspended by stainless steel wire from an 18' diameter steel halo in the entry of the Hapuna Prince hotel

Goals

The intent was to make a sculpture that had a substantial presence in a very large entry space without being heavy or in competition with the incredible view. We wanted to create a gathering space for visitors where the artwork blended with the surrounding natural elements- ocean, sky and rain. The natural light from above illuminates the glass so the piece is always in balance with the day light, night light and the constantly changing weather.

Process

The artists were given complete freedom to design, create and install the piece.

Additional Information

The magic with the solid glass orbs is lens effect they have. Each one flips the horizon 180 degrees- so in each orb the ocean view appears to be on top and the sky view appears on the bottom. At sunset this effect is very effective and mesmerizing.