RHYZ

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Client: The Domain

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $595,000

Project Team

Artist, Fabricator

Patrick Renner

Flying Carpet Creative

Engineer

Kelly O'Brien

Flying Carpet Creative

Architect

Philip Koske, PLA, LEED AP

Nudge Design

Overview

With a footprint of 35 x 70′ and standing 20′ high, this woven stainless steel form echoes the grouped canopy of a stand of trees, featuring an interior programmable lighting system.

Goals

The title of this monumental work derives from the term “rhizome”, a subterranean network of connected plants. Bolstered by its location within the central green space of the outdoor concept mall, RHYZ resembles a group of trees intertwined to provide a shady a respite for visitors to the Domain.

Process

The curvaceous airy canopy is formed from woven stainless-steel which sits atop three massive custom-cast columns. The austere daytime look of the sculpture is counterpointed by a nighttime ‘lantern effect’ created by internal colored lighting via programmable LEDs. RHYZ provides the Domain with a central meeting place where people can congregate, day or night, and enjoy the scene.