In The Air Above, environmental designer Michael Pecirno explores how a public sculpture can derive form and purpose entirely from its surroundings. Clad in polished, reflective stainless steel, the sculpture mirrors its environment of maple trees, open grassy spaces, and the sky above. These vignettes frame the beauty of the sculpture’s surroundings and allow it to become a subtle addition to the landscape.

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The Air Above, takes the form of a twelve-sided irregular dodecahedron. None of the shape’s sides are the same size and none of its joints meet at the same angle. To create the sculpture, Pecirno created a detailed 3D model of the site, observing what should be in each panel’s reflection. This allowed Pecirno to capture the sky, the trees, and the grass. From certain angles the sculpture appears to camouflage into its environment.

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