Nebula

Submitted by Gizmo Art Production, Inc.

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Client: Reuben Mangolin

Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $550,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Mark Sabatino

Gizmo Art Production Inc.

Artist

Reuben Margolin

Overview

The Nebula, suspended from the ceiling above, has thousands of custom amber crystals organized in a multi-tiered, geometric pattern. The crystals are made from 14,064 bicycle reflectors and custom anodized aluminum cones and rods. The movement of the Nebula is the result of one mechanism fanning out to 10 miles of aircraft cable and 1780 pulleys, and supported by an engineered steel truss, ring and one electric motor.

Goals

“The thought was, to make something that is beautiful and to make something that draws you in and to make something that really does justice to this space, and makes you appreciate that actual grandeur of the atrium,”

Process

The piece was conceived and designed by Reuben Margolin. Gizmo Art Production fabricated and installed the kinetic sculpture.

Additional Information

The documentary "Creating the Nebula" was produced by invited Wired.com to document the sculpture’s birth. The film captures more than a hundred hours of footage, including a complete stop-motion record of the entire installation, as well as interviews with Margolin and Gizmo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYgBIu7pO7s