Apple Park, the company’s gigantic mothership on a main campus in Cupertino, California, is preparing to install a permanent public sculpture.
Katie paterson other Zeller and Moye They have announced that Apple has commissioned ‘Mirage’, a new public sculpture that will be installed as a permanent piece in the olive grove, a location next to the Visitor’s Center in Apple Park. The sculpture, according to Patterson, will consist of cylinders of pure molten glass made from sand from deserts around the world.
This public sculpture, by Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye for the olive grove adjacent to the Visitor Center in Apple Park, will be created from cylinders of pure molten glass, made from sand collected from Earth’s deserts. Sand from subtropical deserts, coastal, shadow, inland, mountainous, volcanic, and fossilized deserts will melt into glass. More than four hundred columns of molten glass will combine the deserts of the Earth in a clear and undulating way, imitating a desert dune. Visitors can interact with the artwork, walking alongside and through it, where the glass will subtly blend into the landscape, like a desert mirage. The arrangement of the glass columns will move from desert to desert, from east to west around the world, starting at Apple Park.
Mirage combines art, architecture, science and nature. It will have a strong material presence, connecting with the elements. Social and connective, it will create an unexpected gathering place for visitors and staff. The glass columns glimpse through the trees from the visitor center, the road and beyond, creating a sense of discovery.
The artist says the installation will be completed in 2022.
Apple is known for working with artists on installations at their physical locations. The company recently commissioned a local artist to install artwork in its new retail location at the Tower Theater in Los Angeles.
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