Illuminated Community Spirit

Submitted by Koryn Rolstad

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Client: City of Hutchinson, KS - Sports Arena

Location: Hutchinson, KS, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $230,000

Project Team

Artist

Koryn Rolstad

Koryn Rolstad Studios

Architect

Thomas Miller

DesignTM

Industry Resource

Sean Murphy

American Powder Coating Co.

Industry Resource

Peter Dozal

Aluminum Bronze Fabricators

Industry Resource

Alan LeFord

Arrow Manufacturing

Industry Resource

Genn Miller Jr.

Miller Home Builders

Industry Resource

Larry Arnold

A&A Builders

Industry Resource

Carl Erickson

Carl Erickson Concrete, Inc

Overview

The City of Hutchinson wanted 3 projects for their new Community Sports Arena supporting Basketball and Volley Ball along with family recreation and meeting venues. KRS built three installations representing bright colors and hoop shapes of their major sport venue. The Exterior has two areas of 42 tree forms with the bright colored hoops and wedges of acrylic colors. Inside the main corridor is a 300' corridor with a flowing suspended sculpture of the hoops and 'Stix' forms. Our last project installation was made of 21 suspended posts in the Volley Ball entry lobby.

Goals

Our goals for this large project was to engage young people and families to identify with the bright colors of all sports and add an exciting visual experience while entering from the parking lots into the main public areas.

Process

Our projects are developed with the collaboration of fabricators making the component parts. The hoop shapes and attachments were made as prototypes and then engineered. All elements are made separately and coated then put on pallets and shipped to the site to assemble. The exterior trees were first and a month later both of the interior areas were put together and installed - all hardware was installed during construction of the ceilings and exterior concrete sites.

Additional Information

This project was the larges for the City of Hutchinson - working hard to develop a public art presence in the community. The Arena will be use by many other sports and an important venue for the region and the various schools and community college.