Japanese-Inspired Sculptural Installation Brings New Life to a Historic Seattle Building

September 30, 2021 - by commARCH
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Japanese-Inspired Sculptural Installation Brings New Life to a Historic Seattle Building

Project Background
Award-winning Seattle-based lighting and sculpture studio LightArt recently completed Cherry Blossoms at 1200 Fifth Ave in Downtown Seattle — a sculptural installation inspired by the Japanese architecture of the historic building, designed in 1963 by the renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki.

Image Credits: Chris Bowden

 

Who?
Designer: Nelson Worldwide
Fixtures: Lightart

What was the goal?
To create an inspiring and symbolic sculpture to hang in the building's entry — a welcoming symbol to employees, clients, and guests.

What was done?
LightArt went about the project by creating large-scale branches peppered with cherry blossoms by utilizing parent company 3form’s formable resin material — Varia. LightArt states, “3form’s Varia can do a lot that glass can’t because it’s tougher and lighter. We take these concepts and really push them into something you didn’t think was possible by using this material.”


Image Credits: Chris Bowden 

 

What was the result?
The calming sculpture interacts with the lobby’s central spiral staircase and a mirrored ceiling. The goal was to create a simple and minimal installation with a big impact, highlighting the lobby’s height without taking away from the original mid-century modern detailing.