Looking at the history of Treasure Island, especially the 1939 World’s Fair, I recognized an opportunity to remake a lost artwork. Behind the massive sculpture of the mythological figure Pacifica in the Court of the Seven Seas, there was something referred to to in the promotional video as a 100’ Silver Chime Curtain which “tinkled the tranquil song of peace…” I would like to propose a variation of that, give it depth, orient it horizontally in a serpentine layout, and in addition to creating sound, it would have numerous of spinning elements of different sizes harnessing the wind coming off the bay. An assortment of pattern and openwork would allow for a good amount of transparency to take advantage of the view of the ocean, the city and the landscape while at the same time creating pockets of intimate spaces.
The proposal board references 2 possible locations for the Wind Wall. One in which the wall is split by the path to the plaza, each side approximately 12 feet tall by 1 foot thick and 48 feet long, the other in the open space to the south, but as a single continuous serpentine wall 12 feet by 1 foot and approximately 96 feet long. However, understanding that there are a number of contingencies with the site I am open to developing the options with Andrea Cochran and her team.
The material for the wall would be laser-cut stainless steel, powder-coated in transparent tonal, neutral metallic, even “treasure-like” colors of gold, silver, copper, bronze etc. Some of the finishes would be mirror polish and some would be brushed for an anisitrophic finish to allow a feeling of light “radiation”. ADM Works (http://www.adm-works.com) has helped my studio with multiple projects using metal and harnessing the wind.
In terms of working roles, Pae White Studio would explore possible layouts for the site chosen, then develop and finalize the design, at which point we would present it to the Art Commission. Once approved, we would then work with ADM who would engineer the piece and strategize the fabrication to facilitate assembly on site. During installation, Pae White Studio would be present to ensure proper placement and orientation and to verify that the piece is working as designed.
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