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Client: University of Kentucky

Location: Lexington, KY, United States

Completion date: 2001

Artwork budget: $225,000

Project Team

Client

Dall Clark

University of Kentucky Capital Projects Management

Engineer

Peyman Jahed

Luckett and Farley

Overview

Develop an integration of sculpture and handrails for the University of Kentucky Singletary Center concert hall. stainless steel.

Goals

ADA compliance on handrails came as a retrofit many years after construction, and the Center Director saw the opportunity to change the plain appearance of this concert hall to something more fitting of the international stars and artists who perform there.

Process

The design concept was accepted immediately, but the development of the final installation required minor alterations throughout the process, due to the unusual dynamics of the hall's winding stairways and sloping walls. The consulting engineer, Peyman Jahed, was instrumental in helping me understand the needs of the structure and planning methods for working in it. The University staff also were terrific support.

Additional Information

Since then, I have heard from people who have traveled all over the world and not seen a concert hall comparable. Our work produced an intervention that made the facility much more unique as well as more accessible.