This incredible new sculpture creates a sparkling ocean in the sky
What can you do when you’re a mermaid at heart, but were cursed to live on land? Sure, there’s always visiting the ocean, but the everyday rat race can make visiting the beach difficult during the week.
Well, Los Angeles-based inner mermaids are in luck, because they can indulge in their love for the ocean on land with a stunning ocean-wave-generating sculpture in Pershing Square, on display through Aug. 11.
The 15,000 sq. ft. suspended sculpture, called “Liquid Shard,” uses wind to mimic beautiful, rolling ocean waves with the shadows it casts on the ground below as passersby walk underneath it.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the sculpture was designed and built by artist Patrick Shearn, who owns an L.A. design studio called Poetic Kinetics and worked with students at the Architectural Association Visiting School to make his vision a reality.
“I’m inspired by observing nature and this constant feeling that there’s a lot going on that we don’t understand and we aren’t aware of,” Shearn told the Los Angeles Times of the inspiration behind the sculpture, which features thousands of silver strands made up of holographic mylar and monofilament.
“You feel ripple of wind on your skin, and the scale of it feels small,” Shearn added. “But when you see this piece, you’re brought to an understanding of bigger motion around you.”
The project was launched to support public art projects in L.A. — and we’d be shocked if it doesn’t have some serious impact because LOOK HOW AMAZING THIS IS in motion.
The only question we have (aside from “CAN WE GO THERE NOW PLZ!?”) is, “Do water Pokémon show up here?” We’re not sure what we want the answer to be, honestly, because as much as we want to keep leveling up, we also kind of don’t want to be distracted.
If you live in L.A. and love water and/or generally amazing art, be sure to get over to Pershing Square before the sculpture disappears on Thursday. And if you can’t, join the rest of us in watching this video over and over again. And then Britney’s “Make Me” video again. And then this again.