proposal for a sculpture on a traffic circle University of Texas at El Paso
In most cases a sculpture is meant to be seen from all directions. Otherwise
it is a relief, which can only be viewed optimally from one side. And
this is what is so peculiar about a sculpture which is situated on a
location like a traffic circle. It, like a relief, is also seen from one
direction at a time and, for a short period. Only slowly, as it is approached,
its plasticity becomes more explicit and even more so the moment you
start your rotation around the traffic circle. During that short period
you see the sculpture up close from the inside.
Also, I read in the Q&A that the sculpture could possibly become an iconic object which could reflect the history, demographics, or geography of UTEP, and/or El Paso.
So here we have two different entities, but with comparable visual requirements:
1) a sculpture for a location where
the viewer has to grasp the totality of the form – in this case, in the few seconds
takes to approach and circumnavigate the traffic circle
In this respect there are the same prerequisites for both. In the case of a sculpture on a traffic circle, the peculiar thing is that (aside from people on foot who can be anywhere in the vicinity, parking their car for instance) it is approached from a limited number of directions driving on the roads leading to the sculpture, one only sees its projection its silhouette if you will; and in the case of this sculpture it is a two dimensional a geometric shape. And only when you access the traffic circle the sculpture unveils itself – in a counter clockwise fashion – as a full three dimensional object. During the approach it projects itself as a more or less two dimensional form.