Client: Palm Beach Art Council
Location: West Palm Beach, FL, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $300,000
Dan Shaughnessy IV
Lighting / Engineer
Public Stainless Steel Dandelions w/ 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 w/ outdoor rated lighting systems. Each flower is designed to withstand all the elements; wind, rain, salt as well as low to zero maintenance. All flowers contain 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 light a magnet for all that is near.
One of the main goals / requirements for this project was to design the flower to withstand up to 200mph winds. With my engineering team, we were able to calculate the wind load specifications each individual flower. All stems are over 600lbs and built to withstand anything. These flowers were engineered to withstand Category 5 winds and all the elements that come with it.
This project had over 30 people involved during the whole process. One of the main collaborators was EOS Lightmedia. They are masters at elevating environments through technology / data. Using top of the line industrial flood lights / sensors, we were able to create a space where if anyone walked a certain pathway, would create a unique one of a kind light array experience. The idea behind it is to keep the environment fresh; always 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. Before the project was approved, it was required to create multiple flower ideas that relate to the area of Florida. We were able to render various flowers, all made entirely from High-Grade Stainless Steel to cater to the clients wishes for a unique sculpture.