Location: Jacksonville, FL, United States
Completion date: 2018
Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee
Design Optimization / Project Management
Raining Reeds is inspired by the meandering, reed-filled wetlands along Florida’s east coast as well as the afternoon rainstorms common in the area. Seen from below, the randomly spaced flamed-copper sleeves appear as drops of life-giving rain, while viewers from the second level peer through the array of sculptural “reeds,” as if standing in the midst of a verdant wetland. As visitors move around the work, the undulating curvatures of the sculpture unfold and flicker with life.
The integration of curvilinear, organic forms into a very linear space was critical as we needed to maximize the impact in a very narrow space and allow for different experiences between two floors. The suspended reeds needed to feel engaging and contemplative while the materials complemented the interior design.