Client: Affirmed Housing
Location: San Diego, CA, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $100,000
Stone Paper Scissors
Carrier Johnson + Culture
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.
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.
I worked closely with the design team of architects, engineers and fabricators.
The artwork received the 2017 "Orchid Award" from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.