University of South Florida, Environmental Sciences Building, Tampa, FL 2009. 98 linear feet tall by 3 feet wide by 3 inches deep. Stainless steel. Vincent Ahern, Director of Public Art.
Thousands of silvery stainless steel discs pivot and tip as the breeze blows across the stair tower' surface. Even when there is no wind blowing, the colors of the surrounding landscape are caught in muted reflections on the discs' surfaces, creating an ever-changing pointillist painting of the sky, clouds and landscape. The sense of water and the activity of the wind are intentionally blended in this artwork. The movement of the wind is very much like the fluid movement of the water: there are eddies, vortices and laminar flows in both systems. The fluvial shape of the back plate is based on studies of the meandering form of the Hillsborough River.