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(opera) roses in industry

These roses are a public art proposal for a site in Long Beach, California of massive scale and complexity in industrial transit systems: a concrete rail viaduct floating over train tracks; a wide and empty riverbed; large boulevards packed with a constant flow of tractor units; several freeway bridges within view.

The intuitive response to this large, loud and heavy environment was to create a series of sculptures that could add beauty and grace while balancing the weight of the context: urban scale flowers - soft, colorful, romantic, inviting.

Roses are powerfully emotive, elegant, and more volumetric/fuller than many other flowers. They hold the cognitive ability to recall the memories of rich and meaningful moments in our lives: weddings, birthdays, special occasions.

To further augment the surreal romanticism and obliterate the noisy lifelessness of the surroundings, the flowers would emit opera arias.

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MATERIALS
Painted steel OR inflatable.

LOCATION
Long Beach, CA
Del Amo Boulevard / Blue Line Station Area

COMMISSIONING AGENCY
Long Beach Redevelopment Agency

WORK/CREDITS
Ioana Urma

DATE
2009