Upstream and Cycle at KAUST, Sopheap Pich

Installation is almost complete for Sopheap Pich’s artworks Upstream (left) and Cycle (right) at King Abdullah University of Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

Cambodian‑born Pich was commissioned as part of the KAUST International Art Program to create two artworks for the Seacourt Plaza university campus. Cycle is an undulating, organic form 6.2 metres in length, and will serve as a seating element in the Plaza. Originally made from rattan, it has been cast in bronze in UAP’s Brisbane foundry. Upstream is inspired by fish traps and aims to express movement visually. It appears to shoot upwards from the water to 8.9m high, and is made from laser cut electropolished stainless steel.

Pich’s work connects us to a simpler understanding of the process of “hands on” art making. His work emerges from a visceral experience with the materials he employs. In taking the natural forms of bamboo and rendering them in rigid metal Pich invests the latter with an organic character and a supple humanity. This translation of the natural into the man-made is part of his holistic approach to sculpture borne of an intimate understanding of his materials and subject matter, and a spiritual approach to art making. His sculptures remind us of our enduring relationships to the natural world and each other in abstract sense.

Sopheap Pich’s work also features at the upcoming Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia.

Upstream and Cycle at KAUST, Sopheap Pich

Cycle at KAUST, Sopheap Pich

ARTIST Pedro Cabarita Reis
ARTWORK Les Dormeurs
YEAR 2009

Pedro Cabrita Reis exhibition at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

ARTIST Anca Trandafi Rescu
LOCATION Piata Victoriei, Timişoara, Romania

Hot Air is an inflatable and inhabitable head monument created by architect Anca Trandafi Rescu.
The piece commemorates twenty years since the communist romanian government was overthrown
and it’s leader Nicolae Ceausescu executed.

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designboom | anca trandafi rescu: hot air monument

Her secret is Patience by Janet Echelman_ChristinaOHaver

PROJECT Her Secret is Patience
LOCATION Downtown Civic Space Park, Phoenix, Arizona
CLIENT City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program
ARTIST Janet Echelman
YEAR 2009
PHOTOGRAPHY Christina O’Haver

Her Secret is Patience is the newly inaugurated icon suspended above the new two-city-block Phoenix Civic Space park in the middle of downtown. The sculpture is monumental yet soft, fixed in place but constantly in motion. Responding to the desert winds, the piece welcomes all to come and watch the “wind choreography” play across the net. The large three-dimensional multi-layered net form is created by a combination of handbaited and machine-loomed knotting, and is the result of a collaborative effort with an international team of award-winning engineers. This work redefines the ‘art space,’ by bringing viewers eyes upwards to the sky, focused on a new celestial object.

During the day, the 145-foot-tall sculpture hovers high above heads, treetops, and buildings. The sculpture projects what the artist calls “shadow drawings” onto the ground, which she says are inspired by Phoenix’s cloud shadows that captivated her from the first site visit. At night, the illumination program, developed by Paul Deeb of VOX in consultation with the artist, changes color gradually through the seasons. Using 20 high-intensity metal halide fixtures at five separate locations, Deeb combined a range of blue and magenta filters to enhance without overpowering the richness of the net’s integrally-colored polyester fiber. The lighting design also changes what portion of the sculpture is illuminated, leaving parts obscured in mystery, much like the phases of the moon.

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Janet Echelman | Phoenix Project

Recently, UAP were proud recipients of a QDOS (Queensland Design on Show) Award for Built Environment Collaboration on the 53 Albert Street facade with Nettleton Tribe Architects and artist Jennifer Marchant.


PROJECT 53 Albert Street
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARCHITECT Nettleton Tribe Architects
ARTIST Jennifer Marchant
ARTWORK Landlines
ART MANAGEMENT Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2008

The 2008 commercial redevelopment of 53 Albert Street saw Urban Art Projects collaborate with architects Nettleton Tribe and artist Jennifer Marchant to overcome a particular aesthetic and environmental challenge for Hutchinson Builders.

Briefed to deliver a visual enhancement from the pedestrian viewpoint, the team identified the opportunity for an architecturally integrated artwork to wrap three sides of the building while obscuring car park activity behind. This liberated thinking between UAP and Nettleton Tribe who, instead of developing a sealed curtain wall artwork, presented a lasercut metallic screen which doubles as a naturally ventilated solution. This saved the client over 1 million dollars allocated to an enclosed ventilation system and significantly reduced the site’s carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Marchant’s screen creates a pedestrian viewpoint of the outlying landscape, visible from high above the site. The undulating lines wrap counter-clockwise around the structure, progressively diminishing until only a thread-like expression on the southern elevation remains.

The design is realised in 549 unique powdercoated lasercut aluminium panels with welded three-dimensional elements. These are mounted via a curtain-wall system with an innovative louvered mesh which addresses ventilation and light pollution issues while protecting the fine-lined artwork from vandalism.

Profile: Jamie Perrow

22 October, 2009


Jamie Perrow is an artist and designer whose expertise spreads across a complex range of disciplines, from urban and object design to craft based design practices such as ceramics and woodwork.

Jamie is also UAP’s senior lead designer. He is responsible for an artwork’s concept and visual communication through design development. He interfaces with clients and instructs UAP’s documentation team in the creative intent of an installation. Jamie has a Bachelor in Design from the University of New South Wales, lectures design students at his almamarter. Key projects Jamie has designed for UAP include: Shanghai World Expo 2010 Entry Artworks (China), La Mondial (Egypt), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), Akbulak Resort (Kazakhstan), Roma Street Subtropical Boulevard and Nambour Town Square.

Jamie talks here about his practice and his passions.

Where are you from?
Byron Bay, Northern NSW, Australia

What gets your design motor running?
My 1978 sky blue Mercedes.

What experiences have inspired you as a designer?
That’s a hard question… For me it’s more the little day-by-day moments that lead to visceral design inspirations rather than any singular experience. Although travelling far away always helps.

When you’re not in the studio what do you like doing?
Well, I have been thrashing about my house with a hammer in my hand doing renovations; but any weekend spent with a board and an ocean sounds just about perfect. I’m also mid-way through a new series of landscape watercolors I’m hoping to have finished by early next year.

What do you enjoy about designing for the public realm?
There’s something wonderful about bringing the handmade, the considered and the laboured-over artefact into any public space. I think there’s an innate need for people to connect and interact with art and design. Whether they can verbally express, or even emotionally recognise this instantly–or at all–isn’t of most importance, but rather the simple act of cultural expression that public art/design can represent. The best elicits excitement, engagement and affection.

If you weren’t a member of the UAP studio where would you be?
Why would I want to be anywhere else?

What is your favourite UAP project from the past 12 months?
Dalziel & Scullion, The Sound of Rain pavilion at KAUST. The sound of constant rain under the searing Saudi sun….awesome.

Any art/design indulgences?
Books, books, books…

What would be your dream project?
A fistful of dollars, Jaime Hayon, Christo, Goldsworthy, The Heidelberg School, Miki Dora, Anish Kapoor, Chris Burden, Robert Frank, Peter Dombrovskis and myself, somehow co-ordinating it all.

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