Client: Shopcore Properties, A Blackstone Company
Location: Palm Beach, FL, United States
Completion date: 2021
Vector Custom Fabricating
Architect and Design
CREATE Architectural Planning and Design
Betsy Lane Art
Chicago Rolled Metal Products
Public Stainless Steel Dandelions with interactive technology – The project includes 6 large-scale stainless dandelions over 15ft tall installed in West Palm Beach Downtown. These flowers are fabricated from 100% Marine Grade Stainless Steel with outdoor rated lighting systems. Each flower is designed to withstand all the elements; wind, rain, salt and requires low to zero maintenance. All flowers contain motion sensors within the blooms / environment. Using data, the flowers ignite unique lighting arrays depending on what is occurring in the public space. These sculptures have the ability to initiate custom experiences, acting like a magnet for all that is near.
One of the main requirements for this project was to design these rare flowers to withstand up to 200mph winds. With my engineering team, we were able to calculate the wind load specifications for each individual flower. These flowers were engineered to withstand Category 5 winds and all the elements that come with it.
This project included various collaboration efforts, One of the main being EOS Lightmedia. They are masters at elevating environments through technology and data. Using top of the line industrial flood lights and sensors, we were able to create a space where pedestrians movements would create a unique one-of-a-kind light array experience. The idea behind it is to keep the environment fresh; always creating a new experience.
It was just approved by the City of Palm Beach Public Art Council to be a permanent sculpture in the City of Palm Beach. It was crucial to The City and our client to create concepts that related to the native area of Florida. We were able to render various ideas, all made entirely from High-Grade Stainless Steel to cater to the clients wishes for a unique sculptural experience.