Whiffletree

Submitted by Tim Prentice

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Client: Park Square I, LLC

Location: Palace Way, Stamford, CT, United States

Completion date: 2002

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team

Artist

Tim Prentice

Prentice Colbert, Inc

Industry Resource

John Cunningham

Farmington Valley Metals

Industry Resource

David Gruber, Engineer

American Flagpole

Overview

An air-activated kinetic sculpture installed in Palace Way, Stamford, CT. Counter-rotating airfoils mounted with sealed stainless steel bearings on two 18’ flagpoles move independently.

Goals

The goal was to activate the pedestrian thoroughfare between the newly constructed Park Square West apartment complex and the historic Palace Theater.

Process

Funding for the project came both from the developer and the City of Stamford Public Art Committee. There were numerous meetings that resulted in a design that suited the space and the public. There was also collaboration between the artist and the fabricator and between the artist and the flagpole manufacturer, both of whom provided useful suggestions and refinements to the design.