Balmond is a world-renowned artist who has done other work for municipalities. Perhaps his most recognizable work is the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower in
The shade sculpture will be part of the 21st
The design of "The Cloud" will incorporate tensile fabric to match the center's existing sails, columns, and specially coated glass that will cast shadows of differing colors depending upon the position of the sun. The sculpture will be suspended in a cloudlike manner and closely mirror the existing design of the center.
"I wanted to create an environment that changes your perception of space and is completely capable of being used for different purposes, in alignment with
The design was chosen by a panel out of a group of three artists who were invited to submit designs. Balmond will develop his design to the halfway point and then accept feedback and discuss ideas with the community, after which the design plans will be used to garner interest in fundraising for the north plaza of the center, which will include the sculpture and the other parts of the 21st
"Balmond's design for the shade sculpture ... will create enhanced pedestrian interest, particularly given its location opposite a major new light-rail station and across the street from
"I think that the [selection] panel was looking for a piece that would create a place for people to occupy and ... a place that people could come to ... a place that would create an environment where different kinds of activities could take place."
Ornstein said the some parts of the project have been funded by grants but that the sculpture will be paid for, as much as possible, through a fundraising drive. Grants will still be sought but private and corporate donations may play an integral part in the completion of the shade sculpture.
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