Cypress

Submitted by Lynn Susholtz

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Client: Affirmed Housing

Location: San Diego, CA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team

Artist

Lynn Susholtz

Stone Paper Scissors

Client

John Wurster

Affirmed Housing

Architect

Claudia Escala

Carrier Johnson + Culture

Overview

12’ x 60’ aluminum and steel screen wall incorporate two sliding garage doors, two swinging doors concealing gas and electric utility boxes, and a pedestrian entry gate. Serving to humanize the building, the artwork consists of nine 6’ x 12’ water-jet cut panels that are bolted to galvanized steel frames.

Goals

Cypress Apartments is a 62-unit affordable housing project providing SRO/efficiency units targeting special needs transitional homeless populations. The artwork and building name were inspired by the iconic Lone Cypress Tree located in Pebble Beach, CA. The integration of the artwork serves to humanize the pedestrian experience and create a feeling of safety and shelter for the residents. The artwork masks an unsightly concrete block wall, utility doors, and a garage. The local downtown business district strongly supports art and aesthetic solutions for new facades.

Process

I worked closely with the design team of architects, engineers and fabricators.

Additional Information

The artwork received the 2017 "Orchid Award" from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.