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The Ribbon

2014, Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Courtesy of Wolf Gordon, Guild, KarlssonWilker
Role: Lead Installation Design, 3D Modeling, Visualization
Photography by James Shanks

The 2014 Wolf Gordon installation, the third collaboration between Wolf Gordon, Karlsson Wilker, and Guild for Chicago’s Neocon event, once again showcases a free-wielding cascade of color created with an underlying systematic approach. The twisting ribbon-like form acts as a canvas for a gradient of Wolf Gordon fabrics, textiles, and wall coverings that intertwine with a white steel diagrid structure, demonstrating a contrast between organic and rigid geometries above the historic Merchandise Mart atrium.

The sculpture is created with an organized approach that relies on regular components placed in specific orientations to one another. The sculpture is composed of three different “families”, each of which creates the illusion of a continuous ribbon formed by several separate pieces.

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Graham Kelman
Multidisciplinary Architect New York, NY