Liquid Shard

Submitted by NOW Art

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Client: Pershing Square Park

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Completion date: 2016

Project Team

Artist

Patrick Shearn

Poetic Kinetics

Public Art Agent

Carmen Zella

Now Art LA

Other

AAV School, Los Angeles

Overview

Liquid Shard is a large-scale sculpture made out of holographic mylar and monofilament installed across Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The work spans 15,000 sqft. The piece is comprised of two layers that rise from 15 feet off the ground to 115 feet in the air.

Goals

As the center square for downtown Los Angeles, this work was created site specific to be viewed both from the ground perspective looking up to the sky and from the offices surrounding, looking down. This project allows viewers to slow down, and observe the wind slowly undulating and transforming this piece, similar to watching clouds or observing the slow mesmerizing motions of sea flora. By using public art as a mechanism to explore material, space and stimulate conversation, we are able to feature Pershing Square as a destination in Downtown, Los Angeles.

Process

Now Art LA provided project curation and secured the location at Pershing Square which made the display of the project possible while Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics had the privilege of designing this piece specific for this site with his students of AAV School.