Possibilities of Place

Submitted by Mel Ristau

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Client: Walker Brands

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Client

Nancy Walker, President

Walker Brands

Client

Nancy Walker, President

Walker Brands

Artist

Mel Ristau

Ristau Sculpture, LLC

Overview

showcase interior suspended kinetic sculpture/mobile
22 x 32 x 18' (H,W,D)
Weight: 250 lbs distributed
Specific Media/Materials: stainless steel, aluminum, polyurethane
Styles: Abstract

Goals

This early integration project began as Walker Brands teamed with Beck to develop Tampa's first LEED certified and award-winning "green" building. The suspended kinetic sculpture is at play with abstractions of place, navigation, environment and living - design concerns of the firm's clients the sculpture functions as a component of Walker Brands' own branding and demonstrates the Possibilities of Place.

Process

The approach I take to commission art projects begins with listening and collaborating and results in proposals that are appropriate and distinct from my previous installations. My enthusiasm for problem-solving results in fresh and striking themes that are project specific.  Images in my CODAworx portfolio show how this approach has resulted in diverse yet apt solutions. Each of my projects is an example of successfully responding to my client’s objectives with a kinetic sculpture that both welcomes and inspires its audience.

I bring business management skills and an extensive design background to each project. Each of my 25  installations has been delivered on schedule, within budget and have immediately proven appealing to a broad audience. Participating on design teams for over 35 years, I have worked extensively with administrators and planners, architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors and fabricators who say what they like most about our collaborations is my being “superbly professional,” and “a joy to work with,” while contributing a “masterful understanding of architectural space,” and “superb craftsmanship.” The established professional relationships I can call upon insure a successful development-to-installation process.

Additional Information

“The crowning showpiece in our new building, Mel's sculpture is pure joy. Upon entering, people walk in, look up, stop, and say WOW!” Nancy Walker, President Walker Brands, Tampa, FL