As Rose as Rain, Matthew Geller, 2018
SERVICES PROVIDED: Materials research, Budget management, Engineering coordination and oversight, Fabricator bid process, Fabrication oversight, Lighting design development, Shipping, Installation coordination, Scheduling, Project close-out.
“With my public artwork, I set out to engage the public and foster a sense of community. The works are spirited, accessible, and very often unexpected. By using industrial materials and disparate elements in functional and playful ways, my artwork aims to encourage engagement with the site, the work, and among the public themselves. As Rose as Rain is a hybrid of a park bench, a porch swing, a gazebo, and a playground spring rider. It creates an iconic destination on the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind campus by combining strong visual elements, user participation, and motion. The circular bench, for up to a dozen people, rocks and sways as it is supported by four large compression springs. It’s possible to relax and gently rock on the bench or to go for a ride, much the same way kids enjoy a spring-rider in a playground. The dynamics of compression springs and their uneven spacing means the structure responds differently depending on where one sits and how many people are sitting on the bench. One can see students stopping at the bench to relax or a teacher deciding to use the bench as an outdoor classroom. The artwork’s sloped canopy includes nine translucent colored polycarbonate skylights that rock along with the bench. On sunny days, the canopy’s shadow and color projections on the ground move in sync with the bench. The canopy also creates a passive water feature as it collects rainwater (or snow) that drains through a hole and splashes on the ground into a circular gravel-filled drain.”
Text and select images from Matthew Geller: matthewgeller.com. Select images from Allison Moix of Stellar Propeller Studio.