Water is the antidote for fire, but also the adversary at this station, which is located right on the Willamette in the rainy city of Portland Oregon, and is also the river rescue station. The project is a large sculpture of ripples on water made form large the aluminum blades 3/8” thick and 12 ” wide water-jet cut to resemble sine waves but when seen at an angle reveal themselves to be a sculpture of ripples. Due to the reflectivity of the aluminum and its ability to take on the ambient color of the light the installation will have visibly kinetic effect that will change as the viewer moves around the piece. As one moves up and down the river, and as the sun rises moves over the piece and sets and light changes with the seasons the sculpture appears to change.
From inside the building and on the catwalk it provides and unmatched feeling of openness while providing privacy screening from the most vulnerable viewpoints. This was a project that I worked closely with the Portland Fire Department and Whelton Architects on as a functional and integrated piece of architectural artwork.
Project Partners: RACC, Portland Fire Department and Whelton Architecture