Cecil Balmond to design sculpture honoring Persian emperor Cyrus the Great in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Cecil Balmond's winning sculpture honoring Cyrus the Great. (Courtesy Farhang Foundation)

Cecil Balmond’s winning sculpture honoring Cyrus the Great. (Courtesy Farhang Foundation)

Soon a Cecil Balmond sculpture will grace Santa Monica Boulevard. The Farhang Foundation announced that the British hyphenate—artist-architect-engineer—is the winner of Freedom: A Shared Dream, an international art competition to create a urban art/sculptural landmark in honor of the ideals of Persian emperor Cyrus the Great who, according to the foundation, “championed the principles of religious diversity and personal freedom for all.”

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World’s tallest tunnel slide to wind five times around the 2012 London Olympics Orbit Tower

(Courtesy Bblur Architects)

(Courtesy Bblur Architecture)

What better way to prolong the relevance of a pricey sculpture commissioned for the 2012 Olympics than to tack the world’s longest tunnel slide onto it? Nearly 376-feet tall, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower designed by Turner Prize–winner Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond is the UK’s tallest public art piece – a helter-skelter eight-strand lattice of distinctive red metalwork modeled after an “electron cloud,” according to Balmond.

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Iowa City picks Cecil Balmond for downtown art project

Art, City Terrain, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Thursday, February 12, 2015
(Iowa City)

(Genus Landscape Architects / Iowa City)

Iowa City this week picked engineer-turned-artist Cecil Balmond to anchor an overhaul of the city’s downtown pedestrian plaza. His sculpture will be the focal point of Iowa City’s Black Hawk Mini Park Art Project, the first phase of an $11 million streetscape redevelopment project that officials hope to start next year. Read More

Balmond’s Snow Words Brings New Light To Alaska

National, West
Monday, October 22, 2012
(Alex Fradkin)

(Alex Fradkin)

Cecil Balmond, who famously left ARUP to start his own firm, Cecil Balmond Studio, a couple years ago, has a mesmerizing new project. The ethereal light sculpture, dubbed Snow Words, stretches out towards the Alaskan sky and illuminates the lobby of the new Crime Detection Laboratory in Anchorage. Suspended between a glazed skylight and a mirrored floor, the 30-foot-high beacon, which opened last month, seems to float within its laser-cut cylindrical shell. Made of LED-lit rods calibrated to a unique sequence, the installation commemorates the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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