Wish is a highly mixed medium project depicting three contemporary dandelions that are losing their seeds in the wind. Like most of Robert James’ projects, Wish has an enormity that catches attention and makes you wonder… how did they do that? Wish also has the delicate balance with an elaborate blown glass and mirror mosaic that covers the entire surface of the dandelion stems; the three (3) stems are built from 16” schedule 40 steel pipe vary in length from 40’, 45’, and the largest breaking the 50’ mark. The foundation of the project consists of 18×6 wide flange beams and weighs a little over 3.5 tons; for most installations, the foundation will be buried from sight adding towards the visual cleanliness, making it seem as if the flowers have broke through the grounds surface, and with deep roots, are climbing and growing towards the sun. The flower bulbs of the project are a mix of plastic, steel, and fiberglass; all embeds were fastened to a 4’ dia. plastic ball, then glassed.
The seeds are built of aluminum that sleeve into the balls; the top of the seed is a contemporary polycarbonate disk that illuminates by a fully programmable LED strip. In between the stem and the flower bulb is a ¼” aluminum leaf disk; the leaves were constructed from an 8’x 8’ sheet, formed, then more leafs were added to the disk to form a conical shape. The design of the leaves are aggressive (literally stabbed the crew numerous times) and appear to protect the flower from danger below. The flowers house fifty eight (58) of the programmable seeds and the ground another eighteen (18). When fully assembled the entire project runs off of one controller that can change to any color on the rainbow and can even interact with nearby music and pulse with the beat…
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- Foundation: 7,200lbs
- Flower stems: 6,500lbs
- Flower bulbs: 1,500lbs
- Seeds: 5,250lbs
- Leafs: 750lbs
- Total weight: 21,200lbs
- Foundation footprint: 30’x30’
- Flower height: 50’
- Polycarbonate seed (typ) 4’ in dia.
- Flower stems: 17 ½” in dia.
- 76 fully programmable dandelion seeds
- Structurally sound foundation above or below grade
- 16” .250 wall steel pipe for stems
- 1” steel base-plates
- 1.25” grade 8 mounting hardware for base-plate connection
- 18”x6” .380 wall wide flange beam for foundation
- 4’ dia. 1/2” thick plastic balls with a double mat fiberglass shell
- 1/4-7/8” polycarbonate glass