A floating sculpture hanging above a park

What Exactly are Floating Sculptures?

The world of art is always full of surprises due to the incredible imagination of the artist. One type of art that is blowing the minds of art enthusiasts is floating sculptures. This type of art isn’t anything new, but the work people are doing is absolutely amazing.

Whether you’re a community space or a company, we believe you have a story. At EG Structural, it is our mission to bring it to life. We’re founded on the principle that functional public art can exhibit the incredible identity behind the communities and commercial properties where they stand. Read our article below to learn what exactly floating sculptures are and how they can be used to invigorate your community.

What Are Floating Sculptures?

Simply put, floating sculptures are pieces that defy gravity. They entrance the public in that they look like they’re literally floating in the air. Here are some examples of these sculpture pieces:

If you visit downtown Phoenix, you might find yourself at Civic Space Park where Janet Echelman’s Her Secret is Patience flies overhead. Often described as a giant jellyfish, the public art installation is a 100-foot tall sculpture made of high-tech netting suspended above the park. 

According to Arizona Republic art critic, Richard Nilsen, “The poles and guy wires disappear against the night sky and the jellyfish itself burns with the light that shines on it, revealing the colors that were lost against the brightness of the daytime sky. It loses all the sagging weight of daytime and instead floats weightlessly above the park, a ball of transcendence.”

Another example of a floating sculpture is Jerzy Kędziora’s work, where figures float above the ground, frozen in jumps, summersaults, and other acrobatic feats. Captured in athletic poses, in some cases upside down, the figures in his sculptures are often portrayed holding props such as a chair, ladder, or hoops. Yet rather than being purely about movement or exercise, Kędziora’s work is imbued with a deeper message about the nature of human life.

How Can These Sculpture Pieces Benefit Communities?

As public artists, it is our job to create designs that resonate and highlight the community’s rich history.  When installing a floating sculpture in your town, you are bringing a sense of identity to the area. Doing so results in a deeper pride from residents, and demands the attention of out-of-towners.

Additionally, installing these sculpture pieces has the potential to influence greater art appreciation. As you probably know, large-scale art installations can inspire awe, and draw out deep emotions from their viewers. It satisfies our appetite for something beautiful and engaging. It’s all about the details, the craftsmanship, creative vision, and execution of an idea. With these types of sculptures, you better believe we have these and then some.

We touched upon it a little bit previously, but public art installations have the power to attract tourism. One of the biggest things communities benefit from when installing open-air sculptures and other public art pieces is its ability to draw in tourists. We’re attracted to beauty and unique things. So, installing a piece that defies gravity can be one of the ways your town attracts visitors. 

EG Structural is Open For Public Art Commissions

At EG Structural we have a passion for creating projects that inspire. We create timeless public art projects that embody the spirit of our clients and their community. Whether they’re a corporate entity or a municipality, we see what makes them special and design an open-air sculpture piece that highlights their exceptionality. 

If your organization is looking for a private commission sculpture piece, contact EG Structural today and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible!

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