Friday, 14 September 2018 10:30

Liquid Shard - an outdoor sculpture like no other

    Liquid Shard is a large-scale sculpture that is made out of holographic mylar and monofilament installed across Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The work spans 15,000ft². The piece comprises two layers that rise from 15ft off the ground to 115ft in the air.

    "The inspiration comes from observing nature and the feeling that we are only aware on a very surface level of what is really going on around us. Unexpected things are revealed in time-lapse or hyper-spectrum photography that fascinate me. Like fractals recurring progressively, we feel the currents of air on our skin but do not see the larger movements. I wanted to play in that realm with Liquid Shard,” explains Los Angeles-based Artist Patrick Shearn, who created the sculpture.

    As the centre square for downtown Los Angeles, this work was created site-specific to be viewed both from the ground perspective looking up to the sky and from the offices surrounding, looking down. This project allows viewers to slow down, and observe the wind slowly undulating and transforming this piece, similar to watching clouds or observing the slow mesmerising motions of sea flora. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, as just the contrasting rhythm of this artwork to the hustle and bustle of downtown adds something unique and positive to the urban environment.

    Now Art LA secured Pershing Square which made the display of the project possible while Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics had the privilege of designing this piece specific for this site with the students of AAV School. International architecture students from a diverse range of countries were invited to explore how to engage the site with the movement and material. The students supported the installation process and were able to follow and observe the creation of this public art piece from its inception to exhibition.

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