In December 2012 fabrication will begin on a very large wall sculpture to be installed in early 2013 at the new Kita Harima Medical Center, in Hyogo Prefecture, west of Kobe. The sculpture will be made of aluminum and will extend 7.25m wide by 4.75m high (about 24 feet wide by 15-1/2′ high.) This will be attached to a broad expanding white tiled wall just inside the main entrance, in the main atrium corridor beneath a glassed roof.
Initially I was contacted a few months ago by the art consultants Art Inter Tokyo to submit a design for consideration. (These are the same consultants that coordinated the project I did last year of five sculptures for the resort in Karuizawa.) The architects were not very specific in their request, but simply asked for something dynamic, that would take advantage of the sunlight coming through the ceiling to cast shadows and provide a changing pattern depending on sky conditions. On the other hand, they wanted to keep the sculpture from extending out from the wall surface more than 600mm (24″).
To get a better idea of the environment and light, I constructed a full 3D computer model of the hospital lobby from blueprints. Then I started sketching ideas on the wall. For the last few months I had been toying around with large scale wall sculpture concepts based on swirling designs, initially inspired by funnel clouds and tornados. Eventually renderings of the concept were produced as below.
The project schedule is tight, as the finished sculpture is scheduled to be crated and shipped at the end of February 2013. I will be going over to supervise the installation some weeks after that.
Since I don’t have access to a wall this big here at my studios, I will be laying the sculpture out on the floor. So we’ve been busy finishing up other projects and moving machinery around to make room. This is one of the largest sculptures I’ve executed, so it’s going to be very exciting to see it come together.