Orbital

Submitted by FUTUREFORMS

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Client: Uber Technologies

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Artist

Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno

Futureforms

Structural Engineer

Nick Sherrow-Groves

Arup

Overview

Our cities are alive and in constant motion, evolving, changing, transforming our daily lives and connecting us. Orbital spirals into the sky, formed by a curved trajectory around the center of the sculpture, in order to create a place for pause beneath it. Orbital explores ways of creating an artwork that can be experienced in two ways. On the outside a textured, tessellated, high definition surface articulates a towering structure that anchors the site, is visible from afar, attracts and provides visual identity. On the inside a color field surprises, but also grounds the visitor to pause, look up, experience and interact with pattern and form in a dramatically different way.

Goals

Orbital engages directly with the site and the public. It is an impactful, iconic and memorable structure when viewed from the pathways one can move through the garden. Highly reflective, it creates an ever-changing fractal image of the surroundings on its surface.