Client: Scripps Hospital
Location: La Jolla, CA, United States
Completion date: 2018
Artwork budget: $140,000
A tree like Kinetic Sculpture of a series of circles that move in the air currents overlapping and both transmitting and reflecting color onto the cement below as well as building surfaces both inside and out. It is 16′ in height and an approximate 10′ diameter. Stainless steel, titanium and dichroic glass mosaic. As the sun moves through the space, the shadows from the sculpture change dramatically.
In this courtyard of the new heart wing of Scripps Memorial Hospital the goal was to integrate this sculpture both into the built environment and the landscaping. We envisioned a protective tree like form with calming circular forms gently moving above. We also particularly wanted to focus on what would be seen from the patients in the floors above. In essence our goal was really to give the space and the people interacting in the space a sense of beauty, serenity and radiance.
Jeffery Laudenslager is a kinetic sculptor and I am light sculptor working mainly with dichroic glass. We have collaborated on several projects. As we both work with elements of the nature, wind and light, the collaboration possibilities are limitless. He intimately understands how to create the movement and I how to best use the available light to project the light spectrum in the best possible way. The process in this particular project was also closely linked with the donors on the project who were providing the funding and what would be meaningful to them as well as the patients and staff.