Sunset Dream Catcher – Echelman Sculpture

Structural Designer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Client Name

CIM Group

Location

Los Angeles, United States of America

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Suffolk Construction

ARCHITECT
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Janet Echelman

NET AND ROPE FABRICATORS
Diamond Nets

LIGHTING DESIGNERS
Francis Krahe & Associates

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER/LIGHTING CONTROLS AND PROGRAMMING
AJ Kirkwood Images: © Benny Chan

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This large-scale, floating net sculpture was developed for the Sunset La Cienega project in West Hollywood, California. The aerial sculpture was designed in collaboration with artist Janet Echelman and spans the two towers of the development. The artwork’s inspiration stems from dreams and the idea of dreaming hotel guests asleep in the two buildings that cradle and support the sculpture. 

Judge's comment:

This large-scale, floating net sculpture was developed in collaboration with artist Janet Echelman. It is 65ft tall, spans 100ft between buildings and comprises three primary horizontal nets with secondary vertical nets.

Tension structures such as this between buildings are harder to achieve than they look but Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, providing both architecture and structural engineering, have delivered an elegant outcome. 

One of the artist’s aspirations was to achieve a seamless transition between the sculpture and the buildings at each connection point. To this end, the design team created custom designed sleeve embeds for the building concrete flat slab for each attachment point. A far better solution than bulky face fixed connection points.
 

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