In this episode of "Installations" I want to talk about one of my favorite projects to date: the installation of the waves in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Club in St. Thomas. It's one of my faves not only because I got to go there and install it myself, but because it really made a fantastic impact on the space, and solved a huge problem for the client.
Working together with a small group from the Club, we decided on a design that encompasses almost the entire wall, and flows from one end to the other. The wall can be seen from all angles of the lobby, so it was important to me that it move with the viewer through the room, from the time they walk in the door, to the time they exit from the other end onto the beach. It ebbs and flows from one side of the wall to the other, mimicking the undulation of the ocean just outside the doors.
We were all very happy with the final result. Not only is it fun to get to do the actual installation myself, but I think it serves the client, and the work better, as the artistry is mostly in the installation arrangement. Usually I'll see pictures and send a template to be used by the architect or designer's installers for the actual placing of the pieces, but getting to do it myself means the piece can really exist as I have envisioned it. By being in the space I can really see and react to what else is there, as well as how people will exist in and move through the space, which really informs the placement of each piece, and is something I can't get from an image alone. A template will work in a pinch, but the client really gets what they pay for when the artist does it herself!