Stratum is a large-scale permanent commission sculpture constructed with industrially powder coated steel frames covered in greenhouse shade cloth and suspended from stainless steel aircraft cable. Made for the Cesar Pelli designed BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the sculpture was built to converse with the particulars of the building’s open atrium and curved steel sheathed walls.
As with Fluent Traces, Stratum reflects my interest in the merging of the natural and the built environment. Designed to operate at once as landscape and architecture, the schematic of stacked planes toggles between topography map and building in plan. There is an illusion perhaps that the form was once compressed into a single plane, but that these horizontal levels decompressed and expanded to suggest accessible spaces.
Inspired by the complex curves and folds of cloth in Baroque marble sculptures, the sculpture for me operates like dispersing mist or unfurling drapery caught in a frozen moment.
Stratum was designed and built in collaboration with South African artist Siemon Allen. The project was coordinated in association with Mark G Anderson Consultants of Washington, DC and installed by the Chicago-based art rigging specialists Methods and Materials. 3D animation by Design4Today.
In collaboration with Siemon Allen
commissioned by Bank of Oklahoma
BOK Center, Tulsa, OK