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Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Spheres – Art Installation in Santa Monica

Cradle by Ball Nogues 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?

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8 responses to “Mirror Polished Stainless Steel Spheres – Art Installation in Santa Monica” - Add yours!

  1. dana said:
    May 30, 2011

    great! what happens when the wind blows?

  2. May 30, 2011

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

  3. Serhiy said:
    May 30, 2011

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

  4. May 30, 2011

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

  5. cizi said:
    May 30, 2011

    useless shit !

  6. Pato Paez said:
    May 30, 2011

    This installation is so amazing. Very inspiring!

  7. Daisy said:
    May 31, 2011

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

  8. flep said:
    May 31, 2011

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