MIRROR HELIX

Submitted by Lyle London

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Client: City of Charleston WV

Location: Charleston, WV, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

Lyle London

Art in Metal USA LLC

Client

Jeff Pierson

Director of Public Art, City of Charleston WVA

Overview

The City of Charleston wanted an iconic, suspended sculpture to place in the atrium entry point to their newly remodeled and expanded Convention Center and Colosseum. The requirement was for a piece that was elegant, unique, colorful, and emanated a wow factor. After conducting a search, the City settled on a piece designed by Lyle London from his signature dichroic glass and stainless steel 'Mirror Helix' series.

Goals

The suspended sculpture required scaling to the very large atrium space, with a ceiling height of 42' at center. It needed to present dramatic views throughout the main floor, from the entire gallery level, street side, and from the entry plaza. With implementation of computer-controlled lighting, the sculpture creates a dynamic impact from a large area around the building both day and night.

Process

Jeff Pierson, Charleston's Director of Public Art, coordinated with the artist and art committee to achieve the best possible outcome for the commission. Jeff was responsible for coordinating the art committee's and the artist's efforts in the scaling, placement, and eventual installation of this dynamic color changing aerial artwork.