ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica
 
ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica
aug 13, 2010

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica

‘cradle’ on the wall of a santa monica parking structure (– originally designed by frank gehry)

 

 

 

LA-based collaborative design and fabrication studio ball nogues just finished their most recent public art proposal. the project consists of a sculpture situated on the exterior wall of an existing parking structure at santa monica place – originally designed by frank gehry – near the beach and third street promenade. the site is heavily trafficked by tourists on foot and in automobiles. named ‘cradle’, the permanent artwork was installed on tuesday, july 27, 2010. it measures 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high.

 

the piece is an aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres and operates structurally like an enormous newton’s cradle (the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives). each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls.

 

time-lapse of ‘cradle’ installation 

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica detail of polished stainless steel spheres

 

 

 

through their work, benjamin ball (b. 1968, waterloo, iowa) and gaston nogues (b. 1968, buenos aires, argentina) explore the intersection of digital methods with physical reality.

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica stainless steel spheres

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica gaston nogues during installation’s assembly

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica stainless steel spheres

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica elevation courtesy ball and nogues

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica construction process

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica construction process

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica construction process

 

 

 

benjamin ball showing a tiny model of the formwork in front of the ‘cradle’ in santa monica under construction.

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica ‘cradle’ model in the los angeles studio of ball and nogues image © designboom

 

 

 

designboom visited ball and nogues office in los angeles in june and assisted to preparations and the various steps of model making.

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica gaston nogues and the ‘cradle’ model image © designboom

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica ‘cradle’ model and formwork for cradle image © designboom

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica detail of stainless steel spheres image © designboom

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica benjamin ball explains the production process during the making of the ‘cradle’ model image © designboom

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica welding – the actual production of the stainless steel spheres

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica inflating – the actual production of the stainless steel spheres

ball nogues: cradle installation in santa monica inflating – the actual production of the stainless steel spheres

 

 

 

credits:

 

principals in charge: benjamin ball, gaston nogues project manager and lead fabricator: james jones team: andrew lyon, tim peeters, will trossell custom software development: pylon technical structural engineer: buro happold, los angeles

  • I never seen that process of inflating a fabricated shape into a sphere. Please share the process! Have always welded two spun hemi-spheres. WOW!

    Kevin Cherry says:
  • Also Gaston is sexy!

    Esther says:
  • right on esther…and he got ball(s) too! 🙂

    buzzoff says:
  • dislike

    b8 says:
  • lots of deforming mirrors. playful.

    chris says:

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