Client: Marriott International
Location: Marriott Marquis Marina Hotel, San Diego, CA, USA
Material: Swarovski Crystal, Mirrored Stainless Steel, LED up-light pendants
Dimensions: 17,3 m (57´) x 8,2 m (27´)
Blurring the lines between public art and event space lighting
“It has to be an Instagram moment” was the one of the first things the client, and TVS Design, communicated to me about this project. “It has to be art – a super beautiful piece – but it also will have to provide all the functional lighting needed in this Pre-Function Ballroom space”, was the second thing. The brief given by Marriott International was to create something “Cool, Coastal California”.
Tidal is a highly engineered, nebulous sculpture. It runs 27 ft. across and 57 ft. long, floating seamlessly with no visible connectors in a canopy and runs flush with the undulating soffit ceiling. It is accompanied by simple pendant lights that illuminate the texture and expanse of the piece with shadow play and glittering reflections of the crystal strands. The material and form create a sense of magnitude that harmoniously complements the space without breaking a tight budget. Officially considered a public art piece for the city, it is visible to both Marriott visitors, as well as to the public passersby as it glows through the double-height, clear glazed windows. Inspiration for the sculpture was drawn directly from a section of the La Jolla mountains, which are visible from the hotel property, as they appear reflected in the water.
As with the Shimmering Sea installation I once again collaborated with parametric designer, Lisa Marks, and the engineering talents of James Montefusco.
Installation Design: Hospitality