Underwater – Coral Gables

UNDERWATER is a three-dimensional kinetic sculpture sited at a public plaza in Coral Gables, Florida. The installation explores the interdependent relationship between water and people. The form is derived from both cultural graphic representation and through procedural carving inspired physical composition. The result is an experience that lends itself to both transient and more permanent interaction. From a distance it appears as a recognizable inverted wave symbol, however, underneath, a new dimension emerges and reveals a system of domes with oculi to the sky overhead.

As a draping structure, the installation is activated by the wind and transformed into a dynamic inverted sea-like experience. The wind activated fabric mesh made from recycled PET water bottles.

Year: 2018
Location: Coral Gables, FL, USA
Project Team: Tim Barnes, Mario Gentile, William May, Zhefeng Liu
Collaborators: ALTBLD
Recognition: Shortlisted Giralda Sky