(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.
Painted steel OR inflatable.
Long Beach, CA
Del Amo Boulevard / Blue Line Station Area
Long Beach Redevelopment Agency