Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Spheres - Art Installation in Santa Monica

Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Spheres – Art Installation in Santa Monica

A shopping mall parking lot in Santa Monica, California, has become the focal point for passers-by. Hanging above the sidewalk, the art installation created by Ball-Nogues Studio is made out of mirror polished stainless steel spheres: “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. The whole array reflects distorted images of passersby. Aside from the Newton’s Cradle reference, we wanted the overall shape to elicit things that we thought might be slightly provocative when inserted into the glitzy Santa Monica urban landscape.  On one hand the installation resembles a big banana hammock and on the other it suggests the female reproductive system.” Named Cradle, the installation expresses the collaboration between digital technology and creative minds. By using technology, Ball-Nogues Studio predicted the organizing of the spheres but it was only when they transformed the idea into an actual physical thing that they could find out how gravity and Newton’s Cradle effect would position the spheres. Originally designed by Frank Gehry, the Cradle was created by “pouring” the spheres into molds. Did it turn out great?


  • dana May 30, 2011 at 11:24 AMLogin to Reply →

    great! what happens when the wind blows?

  • decorating manchester May 30, 2011 at 11:28 AMLogin to Reply →

    Love this! Parking lots can be so mundane, art like this really help the surroundings and help the building not look so ugly!

  • Serhiy May 30, 2011 at 12:15 PMLogin to Reply →

    Amazing invention… Hope this can come around to UK some time in the future. Brilliant work!!

  • Antique Light May 30, 2011 at 13:36 PMLogin to Reply →

    it’s a unique design, makes a characteristic for the art building.

  • cizi May 30, 2011 at 14:31 PMLogin to Reply →

    useless shit !

  • Pato Paez May 30, 2011 at 15:33 PMLogin to Reply →

    This installation is so amazing. Very inspiring!

  • Daisy May 31, 2011 at 00:50 AMLogin to Reply →

    wow….amazing design…and the idea of a female reproductive system…its like an ovary…amazing mind/idea….

  • flep May 31, 2011 at 02:45 AMLogin to Reply →

    Beautiful, but I would never pass below it haha.
    It seems that anytime it can fall.. scared! =P