Coral

Submitted by Hooman Mehdizadehjafari

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Client: DD Center

Location: Izad Shahr, Iran

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $180,000

Project Team

Artist

Hooman Mehdizadehjafari

Structural Engineer

Nima Roohi

Architect

Mohammad Reza Hafezi

Overview

“Coral” is a spherical abstract sculpture commissioned by the private sector for a high-end residence. It is inspired by coral species in the Caspian Sea beside which the artwork is installed. The perforation used in the design of this sculpture mimics the fractal geometry and biomorphic formations in living aqua-organisms.

“Coral” stands 15.5 feet tall and is made of polished steel with epoxy coating.

Goals

This art piece was primarily designed to beautify the front yard of a residential high-rise as well as bringing awareness to protect the endangered species visible in the local aqua-ecosystem. It was important for the sculpture to reflect its natural environment in form and concept. The resulting design successfully captured this spirit.

Process

"Coral" came to life with the help of a large group of professionals in fabricating and engineering over a 6-month period. It is a prominent example of merging complex engineering with fine art, as it takes advantage of a meticulously engineered internal structure that makes the piece steady while keeping the aesthetics un-interfered. Because of the regulated road scale limitations, the artwork was transported in 4 pieces from another city to the site and was re-assembled at the destination.