Flame Flower, Michael Stutz, 2011
SERVICES PROVIDED: Design coordination, Materials research, Budget management, Engineering coordination and oversight, Fabricator bid process, Fabrication oversight, Lighting design development, Shipping, Installation services, Scheduling, Project close-out.
40 feet tall stainless steel forms are abstractions of the natural world around the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Flames, wings, sails, and leaves are referenced in a way that allows the viewer space for interpretation, but gives an anchoring identity to the hotel plaza. Color changing lights create a nightime show of movement and mood. The art was a part of transforming an outdated plaza into a dynamic event space. The artist's vision of a sculpture working as a shadow casting, light reflector, was a way to deal with the large, blank wall of the theater building adjacent to the Hotel. The Plaza space's biggest problem became the project's most appealing aspect. Images and text from Michael Stutz: stutzart.com and CODAworx: codaworx.com