Client: City of Charleston WV
Location: Charleston, WV, United States
Completion date: 2018
Artwork budget: $200,000
Art in Metal USA LLC
Director of Public Art, City of Charleston WVA
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.
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.
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.