to all the people that helped make this project possible:
The Design and Technical team -
Drive system / Mechanical Engineering -
Parts and Fabrication -
The placement of the work also functions as a visual way-finding system.
As patrons leave their cars, they are attracted by the color and movement.
This leads them into the atrium and ultimately to the terminal. The experience of the viewer moving from the traditional low horizontal space of
the parking garage into the vertical open space of the atrium is reiterated
through the automated movement of the sculpture.
The sculpture is comprised of eleven kinetic elements that open and close at
roughly 3 RPM, mimicking human respiration and giving the work its title. The
tempo of this movement is intended to subtly draw the viewer’s eye and serves as
an intentional counterpoint to the often stressful nature of travel. Viewing
the work’s slow breath-like quality provides a calming element to the audience’s
"Breath" is a kinetic sculpture commissioned for the Indianapolis International
Airport. Completed in 2009, the project was initiated 3 years earlier so it
could be integrated into the construction of the facility. The parking
structure in which the sculpture resides has a remarkable five-story open air
atrium. The work compositionally responds to the long vaulted space by
creating two arced paths of the expanding and contracting spherical red forms.
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