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Jellyfish

Conceptual design submitted for Pittsburg art bike rack, Chrome plate and metal rods, 5’10 (w) x 4’ 1” (d) x 3’ 6” (h), Center City, Philadelphia, 2013

In Philadelphia and Center City neighborhood, it is difficult to miss the artistic legacy of the Calder family: Three generations of sculptors whose artworks help distinguish Philly as a premier arts city of tradition and innovation. Drawing inspirations from the monumental sculpture of William Penn by Alexander Miline Calder, and the whimsical, light-weight kinetic mobiles by Alexander Sandy Calder, the proposed bike rack, named Jellyfish, takes the cue from the verticality of the former and the organic form of the latter. It is also informed by the history of Pennsylvanian and the city.

Jellyfish is composed of 50 vertical rods of various lengths and a plate inspired by Calder’s organic shape. The rods symbolize the 50 states with 13 of them touching the ground, referring to the 13 original colonies. In addition, the rods are organized in a grid, paying homage to the city’s original layout. The grid pattern represented in the form of dots appears on the plate of chrome finish. The reflective surface is intended to create the sense if lightness and reflect the city scape as well as the sky. The elegant Jellyfish is created to be a simple reminder of Philly’s past, present, and future.