Le Troupeau de Lunes

2011 ArtPrize Entry
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"Le Troupeau de Lunes" (The Flock of Lunes) is a colossal, ultralight kite array suspended in free space. It was conceived expressly for the JW Marriott Grand Rapids to function in organic relationship to the hotel's grand tower. It incorporates the building's "lune" geometry and draws power from one of the JW's most dramatic interior spaces - the elevator tower atrium. The piece is a collaboration of Ron Surgeson, a GR resident, and Lee Harrisberger of Tampa, Florida - a retired professor of Mechanical Engineering Design whose life-long fascination with woodworking & creative design has resulted in over 1300 works and eight one-man shows. The project's genesis was a 2008 visit to the JW by Dr. Harrisberger which resulted in a variety of new works based on the lune form - most notably a series of 3D wall sculptures. After months of location work by Mr. Surgeson in GR, a concept of major proportions took shape: Le Troupeau de Lunes. This work is dedicated to Ruth Harrisberger, 1924-2011

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 20 feet
  • Medium: Suspended Ultralight Kite Array
  • Width: 25 feet
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 200 feet

Venue & Connection Information

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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