Barbara GRYGUTIS, WAVE (2009) Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida (USA)
WAVE, a dynamic light and time based perceptual work of art, by internationally recognized sculptor Barbara Grygutis, was commissioned for the Palm Beach County Convention Center, by the Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Program. Synthesizing undulating light, color and form, WAVE creates a sensate recognition image for the Palm Beach County Convention Center during the day as well as during the evening and night time hours. This fully integrated environmental sculpture is an experiential, place-making work of public art, creating a distinct identity for the Palm Beach County Convention Center building.
WAVE's arcade of five, sculptural wave-form arches powerfully spring off the façade of the Convention Center and then gracefully cascade over its curved staircase wall. In the natural southern Florida daylight, the surface of the sculpture displays a shimmering, sinuous moiré surface in relationship with the observer's movements. As the light fades and dusk appears, WAVE transforms into an ethereal work of light and gentle motion. Brilliantly colored light patterns, subtly changing from clear aquatic hues into deep neon blue, cascade through the tube of the five sculptural wave-forms, evoking the oceans' rhythmic ebbs and swells.
Towering high above human scale, this work of art is fully integrated with the existing structure. The sculptural forms, while appearing open and delicate, were engineered by M3 to withstand 150 MPH hurricane force winds. The work of art metamorphoses not only the entire building, but stylistically springboards a light and dynamic into spaces far beyond the convention center itself, transforming the presence of the boulevard, neighborhood, and identity of the city.
The scale of the work brings the viewer into the ancient consideration of body relationship to forces of nature. To enter the main doors of the convention center, the visitor passes under the towering arches into the interior core of the wave. As the arched forms decrease in size, funneling the visitor through the transition from exterior to interior, the visitor becomes figuratively absorbed and welcomed by the sea, and by extension, the city, and spirit of the place. Beyond reflections on personal size and interplay with natural forces, WAVE transcends the individual experience and reveals a sense of community identity through relationship to the unique character of the landscape and visual environment of southern Florida.
The Palm Beach County Convention Center is a venue visited by over one million visitors and local residents every year, and this site-specific work of art has been embraced with excitement by the community. For the international flow of visitors, theirs is a captivating, interactive experience with a fluid work of art, beginning with this port of welcome, orienting them clearly to their destination.
WAVE, 2009, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida USA
Aluminum, light. 28'H x 70'L x 40'D
Award winning engineering by M3
Fabrication by CAID
Photo: J. Christopher
Visit Barbara Grygutis' website: http://www.barbaragrygutis.com
Barbara Grygutis' media contact:
Nora Kuehl, 1 (520) 882-5572