Pneumatic Dreamer

Submitted by Michael Stutz

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Client: W Hotel -San Francsico redevelopment agency

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Completion date: 2000

Artwork budget: $368,000

Project Team

Artist

Michael Stutz

Industry Resource

John Buss

Architect

Mark Hornberger

Hornberger Worstell Architects

Overview

Built of irregularly sheared, annealed bronze strips welded together around a bronze armature. The open, latticed quality of the construction allows sunlight to sparkle and dance through the sculptural space, shifting ­constantly between the internal and external realms, and emphasizing the airy, “pneumatic,” quality of the figure. The dreamer serves as a soothing talisman, its serenity and inwardness offering an opportunity for reflection in the midst of a bustling urban space.

Goals

Pneumatic Dreamer" is a natural response to the neo-classical design of the W Hotel building and it's placement within the MOMA area of San Francisco. The use of a figurative element on the podium frieze has extensive historical precedent, and emphasizes the body as an integral part of the urban landscape.

Process

The Artist worked intensively with the project Architects,-Hornberger and Worstell to create a sculpture that complimented the building and was installed to work with the hotel's opening.