Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Writhing Lotus

Breathing Lotus, the Asian Art Museum's giant outdoor installation in Civic Center Plaza, is situated in a wild wind tunnel.

Spring and summer, when the sculpture is slated to hang out, are traditionally the windiest times of the year.

The piece is constantly writhing and changing shape...

...sometimes even imitating the Rolling Stones lips logo.

Let us hope that the flower doesn't get blown off its pedestal and take out a doubledecker tour bus, like the 1991 Christo death by a giant yellow umbrella in Los Angeles.


Matthew Hubbard said...

The first shot looked like it was wilting slightly, but the rest of the pictures illustrate your concern.

Big thing in constant state of flux is an excellent illustration of my own personal Fourth Law of Motion: Physics is a Bitch.

sfwillie said...

I did a Google image search for "inflatable advertising." The Lotus seems to belong.

Presumably designers of inflatable advertising anticipate, and even welcome, wind.

Civic Center said...

Dear Matty: I added a photo that I took this afternoon that better illustrated the Rolling Stones tongue effect.

Dear sfwillie: This is not "inflatable advertising." It is Art with a Capital A and don't you forget it.

Axel Feldheim said...

I was by there Wednesday at noon & saw tears in at least one of the leaves. That thing is taking a beating!