Winds of Aphrodite

Submitted by suikang zhao

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Client: Kansas City Convention Center

Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Completion date: 2009

Artwork budget: $750,000

Project Team

Artist

suikang zhao

zars studio ltd

Architect

James Pastine

Crawford Architects

Public Art Agent

Porter Arneill

Kansas City Municipal Art Commission

Overview

Winds of Aphrodite 2009
Materials: Aluminum screen over a galvanized steel superstructure and LED light.
Size: 50’ x300’ x 100’
A permanent artwork for Kansas City Convention Center—Bartle Hall North Dock.

Goals

Reflecting to the present urban surrounding area, the artwork is designed to morph a 70’s masculine architectural aesthetics to a delicate veil of fabric. The artwork not only utilizes the moving sunlight to change the its appearance throughout the day, but also turns the activity inside of loading dock, which was an issue to cover, into part of mosaic of moving image.

Process

Working with staff from city and Kansas Convention Center, I collaborated on this project with Crawford Architects. I had a desk at Crawford Architects during the designing stage. The architect and I worked side-by-side, I designed the shape and skin while they provided the frame structure.