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FLORA
 
FLORA
Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, Md

A 2014 winner from CODAWorx for public art, FLORA demonstrates the transformative power of art. The sculpture, designed and fabricated by Wendy M Ross, reimagines and renovates an aging and deteriorating 40 x 40 foot pool and fountain to enliven Hopkins Plaza. FLORA evokes efflorescence, the budding and bursting forth of nature as it energetically carves and shapes space. A complex simplicity is revealed through harmonic convergence of line, form, rhythm, tone, cadence and counterpoint. Branded by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore as a symbol of downtown Baltimore's redevelopment, FLORA was chosen by the editors of Where GuestBook for the cover of their annual hardcover Baltimore edition.

 

 

 
The challenge faced by Ross and DPOB involved aesthetic concerns for public art and significant engineering and fabrication issues as the fountain and plaza are immediately above the Down Under parking facility and the sculpture had to fit within existing plumbing.
 

 
Ross' animated design consists of a central "Bud" with over 3,000 individual welds of varying length rods surrounded by two concentric rings of four "leaves" fabricated in marine grade aluminum with hand welded spine and borders and water jet cut openings.
 

 
Each leaf is 8' high by 7' wide and 5' deep with extensive hand finishing of the surface creating visual depth and movement and arranged to create a dynamic counter­clockwise motion within the fountain akin to that of a turbine.
 

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