Wichita Art Museum
2014-2016, Wichita, KS
Vicki Scuri SiteWorks with Alexandr Polzin
Landscape Architects: Confluence
Engineer: PEC Engineering
Sponsored by the Wichita Art Museum
The Museum, the motion of wind in the prairie and technology inspire this project. The three screens combine elegant curving forms with gestural patterns defined by circles of varying sizes to suggest airfoils and wind. Opacity and transparency add interest, abstraction and interaction with the native landscape. The patterns mirror each other, marking the entry, flanking the paths and gardens, while creating a sweeping motion. The screens complement the site, defining and framing the space, creating a special feature in the landscape and a photographic opportunity for special events. Functionally, the windscreens reinforce the northeast side of the Art Museum Sculpture Garden, and screen the church parking lot across the street. During the day, the screen interacts with sunlight, to cast evocative patterns along garden paths. At night, the screens are illuminated with warm white light, creating a beacon in the landscape.
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