Over two long weeks in January, sculptor Alyson Shotz and team installed Three Fold, her new sculpture in Stanford Medicine's Li Ka Shing Center for Knowledge and Learning. She got the job done with a team of art installation specialists from Atthowe Fine Art Services and DCM Fabrication. Together they assembled the sculpture's three sections, covered the metal slats making up each section with thousands of acrylic pieces (with the help of more than 20,000 screws), peeled the blue protective film off the acrylic, mounted the sections on cables and raised them up.
This video shows those weeks compressed into less than five minutes.
The end result? As I wrote in Inside Stanford Medicine last week:
Sailing above the Yang and Yamazaki Lobby on the second floor of the center, the glimmering, undulating lattice appears lightweight and ephemeral — like a scaffold made of dragonfly wings. In reality, it weighs more than 3,000 pounds. The 56-foot-long sculpture, titled Three Fold, is actually made of curved aluminum slats covered on both sides with dichroic-acrylic-coated plastic. Though the acrylic is clear, it both reflects and refracts, resulting in a spectrum of iridescent colors that change with the angle and quality of the ambient light.