Cancer Center Unveils Two Kinetic Sculptures
Two titanium and stainless steel sculptures rotate slowly at the Southeast Cancer Center. Patients, visitors and staff are drawn to the soothing motion and the changing reflection of light on the bright metal pieces.
They are the wind-driven creations of San Diego, Calif., sculptor Jeffery Laudenslager. With the help of two cranes, a man lift and a team of four workers, he installed the two sculptures over the course of an hour and a half on Thursday, July 14.
The 20-foot-tall “Tranquil Ripples” sculpture stands outside the Cancer Center. It features three independently moving rings, which, Laudenslager says, symbolize rings of healing. “I designed the kinetic work to move slowly and deliberately,” he explains. The entire sculpture weighs over 600 pounds.
In a newly landscaped garden between the Cancer Center and the Southeast Medical Plaza on the West Campus stands the second sculpture. The “Circle of Healing” sculpture features three curved segments connected to a larger half circle piece. The sculpture stands 7 to 9 feet tall, depending on the rotation at any particular time.
“I like to think of this as a little like tai chi,” he notes, referring to Chinese meditative movements.
“Initial reaction has been very positive from patients and staff,” says Cancer Center Executive Director Judy Aslin, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. “The fluid motion of the two sculptures is in keeping with the serene environment that we have created within the Cancer Center.”
The pieces in both sculptures are delicately balanced to take advantage of even the gentlest breeze. “Seven to 15 miles per hour is a nice range,” Laudenslager says of ideal wind speed.
But the sculptures will handle strong winds too. “I had a big piece in Texas that made it through a hurricane,” he recalls.
Laudenslager smiled as he surveyed his giant creation outside the Cancer Center. “That’s beautiful,” he says.
The 20-foot tall “Tranquil Ripples” titanium and stainless steel sculpture stands outside the Southeast Cancer Center. The wind-driven sculpture features three independently moving rings.
Sculptor Jeffery Laudenslager of San Diego, Calif., views his “Circle of Healing” titanium and stainless steel sculpture in a newly landscaped garden located between the Cancer Center and the Southeast Medical Plaza on SoutheastHEALTH’s West Campus. The sculpture features three curved segments connected to a larger half circle piece.