Garland

1999, Blue McRight. Staples arena, south side. Stainless steel, 13' x 5' x 3' each; fabricator: Carlson & Company. Detail.

Text from the plaque: Funding for the public art program was provided by Staples Center as part of its commitment to the Los Angeles Community. In association with the Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Los Angeles.

Artist's statement: In ancient arenas and sacred architecture, the spectator's journey was through a succession of layers, unfolding in anticipation toward the action at the center. Today at Staples Center, Garland, named for the wreath given to athletic victors in ancient Greece, forms the first layer between the street and the stage. It consists of a sequence of identical elements which form one artowrk: seven sculptural lanterns of stainless steel pipe and woven wire. Installed on an arc across the plaza, the lanterns tilt and rise in height from one through seven, accenting a feeling of movement and gesture. Each lantern measures approximately 13 x 5 x 2'. Distinct day and night aspects respond to the building's programming. By day, the artwork casts shadows that move and change. At night, the lanterns project "nets" of light patterns. Illuminated from within, each lantern's "skin" of woven wire creates various moire effects that shift with the viewer's perspective, creating an interactive aspect. The transparent forms play against traditional notions of public sculpture as solid and monumental. Garland engages the "choreography of arrival" of vehicles and pedestrians. People pass easily between the lanterns to literally "enter" the artwork and become part of the patterns, emerging into a more intimate "plaza-within-a-plaza"; a place to pause before going inside. A bronze benchmark in the paving near the entrance marks the point of the latnerns' imaginary convergence by identifying its exact longitude and latitude on the globe. It is engraved with a triskelion, ancient Greek symbol of competition and progress.


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