GuildWorks is proud to announce, that "Dancing Sky", a permanent installation in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, has started to gain national attention. Much appreciation, to the folks at Specialty Fabrics Review, an outstanding monthly print and online resource for essential information on the specialty fabrics industry, published by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI); which GuildWorks is a proud member.
Art installation dances with the breeze September 1st, 2018
Downtown Phoenix’s Arizona Center is undergoing a major transformation. One of the objectives was to open up the inward-looking space to connect it to the surrounding neighborhood, creating a more interactive and spontaneous experience for the public. The one-million-square-foot multi-use project includes shopping, restaurants, entertainment, office space and residential units. Creating space within the center where people can wander and relax was an important consideration.
The developers wanted a large-scale art piece that would fill the void in the long courtyard spaces—something dynamic and one-of-a-kind that makes a lasting impression. So they turned to Guildworks, a Portland, Oregon, firm specializing in tension structures and fabric.
The design was limited by installation requirements, and had to be anchored to an existing building without requiring major structural work. Because a fabric structure of this size could generate considerable wind loads, Guildworks designed "Dancing Sky", a tensioned net structure that allows the wind to blow through. Guildworks built a scale model of "Dancing Sky" to understand how the net system would work, as well as multiple full-scale mockups to make needed adjustments and fabricate the art piece accurately.
The installation consists of three interconnected tension net structures that measure more than 300 feet long, with some individual pieces measuring 115 feet. The two primary structures are supported by 70-foot tilted steel masts, and a smaller piece is suspended between them. Smaller fabric pieces are suspended between the nets as accents. For more information, visit www.guildworks.com. To learn and see even more about this project, visit the link below for our video and additional photos, as well as a case study from March 2018. "DANCING SKY" PERMANENT ART INSTALLATION DOWNTOWN PHOENIX >>>
Specialty Fabrics Review Article - Art aloft : dancing with the breeze.pdf
"DANCING IN THE SKY" - A one of a kind TENSION Structure
The client contacted us because they were looking for something outside the box, than a typical tension structure. After a couple rounds of sketches and a different concepts, we narrowed in on on this art installation to achieve the project goals.
• One of a kind art piece that would make this space unique.
• Large scale art to fill the void in the long courtyard spaces
• Use of masts to bring the height above the roof height.
• Anchored to existing building without requiring major structural work.
• Dynamic and abstract complex forms
One of the major limitations we faced was how to anchor a large scale installation to an existing building that was designed over 30 years ago without this in mind. In order to limit the otherwise tremendous wind loads that a fabric structure would generate, we decided to go forward with a tensioned net structure that would allow the wind to blow through. Though similar in many ways to tension fabric architecture, the use of net required a fair amount of R&D. We built a scale model of the structure to help study the net system as well as multiple full scale mock ups to help us optimize the form and accurately fabricate the design.
Large scale Art In the heart of town
The installation consists of three interconnected tension net structures over 300 feet long in total length with some individual pieces as long as 115 feet long. There are two primary structures supported by 70 foot tall tilted steel masts with a smaller but equally complex piece suspended in between. Each of the structures also has smaller fabric pieces suspended between the nets as accents almost like vertebrae within. GuildWorks has built and installed many art pieces at this scale and even much larger but this Installation is the largest permanent art installation that we have done to date.
Dancing Sky: As one walks through this space they experience the view constantly shifting as the perspective through layers of net and fabric change. The shadows of net and fabric are also in a constantly changing dance around the courtyard.
in celebration of our new website, we're offering two chances to win one of our new creations, a 4' sunflower fabric mandala!
Thank you all for stopping by to our brand new website! We've been hard at work on this for some time now and we're delighted to share it with you all. Please do take a moment to explore the new site and have a look at what the Guildworks crew has been up to. Another development at Guildworks we've been working on is a product line of custom made fabric mandalas. Keep on the lookout for an official product page and launch as winter starts turning into spring.
1) How to enter: Go on to Facebook and 'Like' our page, then go to the contest post which is pinned to the top of the page, tag a friend in the comments. You can also go to our Instagram page and 'Follow' Guildworks and in the comments area of the contest picture post then tag a friend and you're done. You will then be entered to win one (or both) of these beauties!
2) Anyone can participate in this contest. We will provide free shipping to US residents. Outside of the US shipping charges will apply. ONE entry per person on each site (Facebook/Instagram) for a total of TWO entries total.
3) The Contest runs from January 16th, 2018 until January 31st, 2018 at midnight.
4) The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator after we've collected all entries.
5) The Winner will be announced in the comments section both Facebook and Instagram in the original posts for the contest on FEBRUARY 1st, 2018.