Vélocité

Submitted by Yuri Tsuzuki

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Client: Grubb Properties

Location: Greenville, SC, United States

Artwork budget: $66,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

John Hannon

H & H Mechanical Services

Artist

Yuri Tsuzuki

Industry Resource

Tammy Miller

C & M Powdercoat

Public Art Agent

Tracy Ramseur

City of Greenville SC

Overview

Vélocité is a 12 foot sculpture made of half inch aluminum and composed of 5 interlocking sprockets. The largest sprocket measures 8 feet in diameter.

Goals

The client requested a cycling themed sculpture that would be eye-catching, contemporary, and pay tribute to the avid cycling community of Greenville, S.C. The location of the sculpture is close to the Swamp Rabbit Trail which is an extensive multi-use greenway system.

Process

In creating the sculpture, the Artist worked closely with the fabrication shop from initial drawing stage, maquette building, water jet cutting, to actual fabrication of the piece. The process from initial contact to unveiling took overr two years with close communication with the client and the Art in Public Places due to Department of Transportation sight line issues.