Crocus

Submitted by Ed Carpenter

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Client: City of Taichung, Taiwan

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team

Artist

Ed Carpenter

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Managing Partners: DEOA, Taipei, Taiwan

Industry Resource

Glass Fabrication: SMS Glass Co., LTD, Taichung, Taiwan

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Renderings and Schematic Drawings: Curtis Pittman

Ed Carpenter Studio

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Project Administration: Arleen Daugherty

Ed Carpenter Studio

Industry Resource

Engineering: KPFF, Portland OR

Industry Resource

Engineering: Join Good, Taipei, Taiwan

Client

City of Taichung, Taiwan

City of Taichung, Taiwan

Overview

Taichung New City Park, Taichung, Taiwan, 2016 /
“Crocus” / 72′ high x 20′ wide /
Stainless steel and laminated glass /
“Crocus” is a dramatic focal point for the City of Taichung, Taiwan. Rising 41′ above the intersection of two parks on the central axis of Taichung's new City Center, “Crocus” is visible from the City Hall, the Opera House, and the many residential towers surrounding the site.

Goals

The New Taichung City Park forms an intersection between two parks that are framed by two important civic buildings, the City Hall and the City Council. The park design included a circular opening at the cross axis and a spiral ramp coming from the parking garage below. The City conceived an international competition for a major sculpture at this location, an icon for Taichung, poised on the platform above the spiral.
Carpenter's winning design reinterpreted the brief by encompassing the center column rather than surmounting it. The sculpture starts two stories below ground and rises 45' above the park level, making it prominent throughout the Civic Center.

Process

This project involved a long distance partnership with DEOA, an art consultancy in Taipei. Carpenter was first invited to participate in the design competition in August of 2014, and the commission was awarded in October of 2014. He visited Taiwan three times during the course of the project for planning as well as overseeing fabrication by several sub-contracted trades.