cast bronze, copper,
Temple Beth Elohim Wellesley, Mass
Created for the sunlit lobby of newly built Temple Beth Elohim, this sculpture welcomes visitors with a vision of blossoms in spring. Building design by William Rawn and Associates.
A burst of ethereal blossoms cascades from the sky light into the atrium, greeting visitors as they enter the new Jewish Temple, and welcoming them into the sanctuary. Temple Beth Elohim's atrium is the first interior space as one enters into the synagogue. It is the nexus from which all the integral tenets of the sacred community radiate and return.
Welcoming and Warmth
The sculpture encapsulates the principle of huddur mitzvah, which means sacred beautification as an expression of hope in the future. Blossoms are exuberant, beautiful examples of the poetry of life. Jubilee evokes themes of gratitude for the sun and rain and other cosmic blessings in Nature. Delicate though they may be, flowers are also essential to the life cycle of even the most rugged tree as it produces its tender, seed-bearing fruit.
A tangible expression of the vital discourse between physical place and the innermost, spiritual interior of the congregation. It bridges this dynamic tension but also is a focal point, drawing visitors into the space, and communicating the message of a community rich with opportunity for engagement.
Connections to Isreal and Nature
Jubilee is based on the almond blossom, which holds great meaning in Judaism. There are two Hebrew words for almond, the first translated to "hastened awakening." This aptly describes the almond tree, whose delicate but profuse flowers appeared in ancient Palestine in January. Arriving so early in the season, the blossoms symbolize the process of creation. The second word for almond is found in Genesis, referring to the place where Jacob had his dream. Thus, the almond blossom is a reminder of beginnings, history, and founding families.
Execution and Intimacy
Wrought from cast bronze, copper, and hand-dyed natural fibers and dramatically suspended from the atrium's upper story, Jubilee, is a symbol of hope, a suspended flower that aims to elicit the best from all of us, by encouraging us to pay attention, to start anew, to create, to care for others, and to engage.
Commissioned by the City of Philadelphia for a new recreation center in Mount Airy, these twin spiral sculptures and their complementary murals are located at both entranceways of Dorothy Emmanuel Recreation Center.
They are mobiles that freely rotate, as breezes enter into the building.
Moved by air currents, they reflect the freedom and activity of youth and the site.
The intended audience is children, and it was designed with them in mind. Free-spirited and footloose. Bubbly, with an African art influence.
Lighthearted. Like a cartoon - with bold black outlines - the flower theme animates the space. Perfect for fun afterschool activities.
The two spiral sculptures are not identical, but they are related. Like siblings. They fill the voids in the two beautiful light boxes with an easy informality.
colored stainless steel
Millbourne Train Station, Millbourne, PA
The City of Philadelphia is home to the oldest elevated train line in America. The station at 66th and Market in the borough of Millbourne is home to a diverse population predominantly from the subcontinent of India and surrounding southeast Asian countries. Several of these cultures have myths about peacocks. In one of these myths, peacocks surround the gates of Paradise.
The irridescence of the colorshifting stainless steel, is similar to the dichroism of a peacock feather. Although quite complex, and used extensively in aerospace industries, this is a surprisingly eco-friendly process involving high voltage and thin layer of vacuum-deposited titanium.
The sculpture is nostalgic - so steampunk vocabulary is a good fit. The over-engineered exposed hardware is a nod to the industrial era of trains. It is the oldest elevated train line in America, so Erland + Kaman wanted to reference that in a contemporary way.
The motif is very close to symmetrical, like a heraldic element. There is a neo-Victorian feel. The feathers are abstracted into a floral form reminiscent of an ivy-clad brick building.
The people of the Millbourne community refered to them as peacock flowers.
A burst of brilliant metallic colors in the atrium of Bowie City Hall invites the public to experience a work of art that draws inspiration from nature's timeless beauty. This imaginative mobile - loosely taking the form of Black-Eyed Susan blossoms - is sculpted in gun blue steel and red metals: bronze, brass and copper.
cast resin, LED's
55 giant bacteria float across the ceiling and through the windows of The School of Medicine. Visible from both the interior and exterior of the building, these bacteria are truly inspired.
The artwork floating in the atrium is based on the Earth's oldest and most plentiful life form: bacteria. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of the microscopic universe, the piece enables us to see what is normally visible only to microbiologists and other specialists through magnification. The Unseen World is an interpretive representation of the ecosystems all around us and inside us -- imperceptible to the unaided human eye.
The sculptures are based on electron-microscope studies of the anatomy of bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Salmonella, just to name a few. Cast in an ecologically-friendly opaline resin with a blend of crushed mica, these fantastic forms are intended to awaken a sense of wonder and curiosity in people of all ages. Under a microscope is an unseen world beckoning us to leave behind what we think we know, and to explore.
fiberglass, steel, high tension cable
Strung like a harp, suspended high in the air on high-tension cables, Growth Rings is a feat of art and engineering. Developer Mark Sherman commissioned the artwork as a part of the Sherman Mills, a community of artists in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Its installation created a symbolic landmark through art. Before Growth Rings, there was little evidence of an artistic community outside the individual artist studios. By bringing together the collection of old factory buildings, the piece became a transformative landmark for the community.
The sculpture feels like a series of viewfinders into the sky. Like a spectacular sunset on the horizon, Growth Rings resists being captured in a single photo. Because the sky behind it is such an active element in the composition, Kaman and Erland think that stop motion animation is the key to understanding the piece.
The paradox of the hovering mass elicits a visceral response, but through stop-motion animation, the viewer can see that the focus is always on the sky itself. It is a creative skyline, continuously changing, that expresses the value of art to the community.