Client: City of Ann Arbor
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Completion date: 2013
Artwork budget: $150,000
Ed Carpenter Studio
Biella Lighting Design
Lighting Design: Beilla Lighting Design
Metal Fabrication: Madden Fabrication
Glass Fabrication: Glass Strategies
Ann Arbor Fabrication
On-site Steel and Logistics: Ann Arbor Fabrication
Dryall and Paint: WCWR
On-site Electrical: Hopp Electric
Computer Modeling: Curtis Pittman
Project Administrator: Arleen Daugherty
City of Ann Arbor Project Administrator: Aaron Seagraves
Ann Arbor Justice Center /
Lobby sculpture /
40’ x 20’ x 12’ /
Laminated dichroic glass, aluminum, stainless steel, lighting /
Like ripples from a stone tossed into a pond, “Radius” emanates outward through the Ann Arbor Justice Center lobby, a reminder of the interconnectedness of the public with agencies serving them, and suggesting a network of cause and effect in the public realm.
The Ann Arbor Justice Center had been completed for about a year before Carpenter was selected, so he was collaborating with the spirit of the space more than with its designers. Carpenter’s process however, was informed by meetings with users of the Justice Center, including police, judges, and security staff who pass through the lobby daily, and whose clients and visitors do as well. How to relate to materials and surfaces already in place, and how to connect to structure long-since covered, as well as addressing views from the street, the lobby, and the balcony, were major concerns.
“Radius” is designed to involve as much of the lobby as possible, radiating from the southeast corner, visible from inside and outside, day and night. Concealed lighting illuminates laminated glass and polished aluminum details, casting glowing projections of the sculpture’s expansive forms.