Pergola

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Client: Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission

Location: Germantown, MD, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $370,000

Project Team

Artist

David Hess

Industry Resource

Debra Gilmore

Gilmore Lighting Design

Industry Resource

Jessie Reid

Overview

2014 Germantown, MD 40’ x 40’ x 15’ stainless steel, stone: This installation includes three stainless steel pergolas and three handrails commissioned for a public park in Germantown, MD

Goals

The twisted stainless steel pipe is fabricated to emulate the organic qualities of vines and sticks woven into this monumental architectural element. Using programmable LED lights, we developed dynamic illumination of this pergola, giving it a dramatic presence into the night as well as during the day.

Process

This installations was fabricated entirely on site over the course of several months. I led a group of three craftsmen in shaping and weaving the pipes together, much like building a nest. Each pergola emerges form the stone boulders which we drilled and anchored into.