Spiraling Cairns
Spiraling Cairns was a sculpture for the Art on the Atlanta Beltline 2013 year. The project was designed as a formal prototype (in wood) to gather interest for a later manufactured aluminum lightpost. Part of the idea behind the project addresses both the way-finding difficulty of travelling in a circle on the Beltline but also the potentially boring environment that might prevail if we let it. Since the Beltline is going to largely be trails, the single most visible item will be lightposts. My design intends to use change in the color of these lightposts to visually break up the Beltline into 12 separate sections. This could also even be solved by having multiple sculptors do the lightposts for each area. My sculpture is a spiraling stack of wooden frames that have a mirrored interior, and due to the interstitial spaces between the frames, become internally uplit. The design uses a mirror at the top of the post to allow diffused light to reflect back down and a viewer to look at what is hidden inside. Since the sculpture was large, active loads and unforeseen loads had to be taken into account. Since the sculpture was also temporary, there had to also be a good method for its dismantlement. The project was quite complex in both design and execution - I had to use many molecular and physical concepts to ensure the structure would be generally stable for the duration that it was standing.



Original rendering of the project.




Photograph of first installed post, near Piedmont Park on Monroe & 10th Street in Atlanta.