Sky Terrain, 2015, Temple University, Percent for Art Project
Permanent Outdoor Public Art Commission
40 x 70′, powder coated steel, LED lighting program
Sky Terrain is a permanent installation comprised of eighteen bent steel sculptural elements and an LED lighting program. The 5 x 10’ floating cloud sculptures start at the base of the LEED-certified parking garage, and float to the top of the five story building, breaking the architecture at the top of the structure.
In the daytime, the steel reflects sunlight creating tonal contrasts and often casting dramatic shadows onto the building supporting it. It also picks up hues from its surroundings, sometimes appearing pink and blue. The ever-changing appearance of the installation is further intensified by a transforming lighting program at dusk. For sunset to sunrise, the LED lighting program mimics sky tone variations including sunset, dusk, blue hour and twilight (even simulating twinkling stars), and is meant to activate the space into a dynamic experience. It is an opportunity for the public to take pause and enjoy these nature-inspired phenomena in an urban environment.