patrick shearn has suspended ‘liquid shard’ above visitors to los angeles’ pershing square. the large-scale public sculpture spans 15,000 square feet, rising from 15 to 115 feet off the ground. made out of holographic mylar and monofilament, the inspiration for the piece ‘comes from observing nature and the feeling that we are only aware on a very surface level of what is really going on around us,’ shearn says. ‘unexpected things are revealed in time-lapse or hyper-spectrum photography that fascinate me.’

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the work has been created in collaboration with now art LA and AAV school as part of an ongoing outdoor exhibition series focusing on temporary installations. ‘liquid shard’ has been designed to be viewed both from the ground looking up to the sky, and from the surrounding offices. shearn hopes that the intervention allows viewers to slow down and observe the wind that slowly transforms the piece as it undulates and glistens in the air.


‘like fractals recurring progressively, we feel the currents of air on our skin but do not see the larger movements,’ shearn continues. ‘I wanted to play in that realm with this technology I have been developing.’








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  • Thank you very much for mentioning us in this article!! However, when mentioning us as collaborators, our name is wrong, we are the AA Visiting School Los Angeles, a Visiting School from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Could yo up please update the information. Thank you!!! It has been a pleasure to work with the rest of the team.

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