Client: Stanly Ranch Resort
Location: Napa, CA, United States
Completion date: 2020
Artwork budget: $750,000
Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.
Named for the endless line of the infinity symbol, which has a long history and powerful meaning, Infinity represents infinite possibilities, eternity, empowerment, and everlasting love, in support of the balanced and healthy lifestyle that Stanly Ranch Resort endorses. Although massive in scale, this structure has a calming effect with its never ending design and subtle lighting on the underside that gently beckons residents and guests to visit its hilltop views.
Infinity is constructed of corten steel, a steel alloy that forms a stable rust-like appearance after several years’ exposure to weather. This material was selected for its organic appearance and will aesthetically homogenize the sculpture with the natural surroundings of the site. Intended also as a site for the practice of yoga or meditation, Infinity echoes the resort’s wellness theme by offering a place for grounding of the body and mind, and is a symbol of the merging of design and earth.
Infinity‘s design evolved from studying the site, the local history, and the resort’s mission, all in concert with Denver-based Nichols Partnership, which developed the property for Auberge, and with landscape architect Brightview. “The goal was to reflect the Stanly Ranch design principles of beautiful simplicity, understated luxury and seamless integration with the unique Napa Valley setting,” states Gordon.