Client: City of West Hollywood
Location: West Hollywood, CA, United States
Completion date: 2008
Artwork budget: $20,000
Public sculpture made in copper and steel in a pocket park in West Hollywood. This 2,000 sf area for the sculpture and its shadow play consists of three connected shade canopies to cast shadows and draw nearby communities together under the shade.
A lasting sense of place to gather was the overarching goal of the project. The structural integrity of the sculpture and function of the space were vital to the installation. Partnering with companies that understand wind loads and city building codes were crucial to the success of the project.
Katherine Spitz & Associates found Parasoleil through a national landscape architecture trade show. This collaboration between the city's needs, the architect's design, and our engineering and manufacturing abilities turned out to be a good combination.
The copper was chosen for its natural adaptation of its patina to the micro-climate of the neighborhood. Parasoleil was chosen for its product-based dependability. And the location of the sculpture within its space was focused around the interactivity of the filtered light and shadows in relation to its proximity to surrounding structures and orientation to the sun.