Indianapolis Art Wall

INDIANAPOLIS, CA, USA 2012

Collaborated with Los Angeles based artist, Rob Ley Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, parking garage facade.

Featuring approximately 6,500 metal tiles arranged at varying angles that are oriented either to the east or to the west, the artwork presents itself in either a deep blue or a golden yellow, depending on the observer's direction.

To support the tiles, ley worked with nous engineering to design a system of panels made up of custom exturded aluminum tubes.

The different angles presented a unique wind load challenge. The western and eastern ends of the facade would experience higher wind loads than would the middle section; nous engineering helped to determine the optimal locations of tiles.

  • Client | NA
  • Location | Indianapolis, IN
  • Designer | Rob Ley, Urbana
  • Duration | Completed 2014

This project sought to explore parallels between techniques of two-dimensional image construction and the tectonic considerations present in the design and fabrication of building enclosure.

Location and angles of tiles derived to accommodate the varying windloads acting on the facade.

While variability of experience is an important goal of the piece, the system has been designed with efficiency of fabrication and installation in mind. Within a field of nearly 6,500 individual pieces, there exist only three different piece lengths and three different fold angles - strategically rotated and distributed to create the illusion of infinite variability across the canvas of the facade.

The metal panels are to be anchored to a lightweight metal tubing system - the size and specific material of which will be specified in accordance with advice from a structural engineer as the project evolves.

The artwork presents itself in either a deep blue or a golden yellow, depending on the observer's direction.