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Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Introduction

If you keep a tab on what’s happening in the public display arts, the odds are that you came across the Liquid Shard. It was a public art installation on display in Pershing Square in LA between July 28 and August 11, 2016. Thanks to its odd size, unique design, and pure ingenuity of the creators, the Liquid Shard was all the rage, wafting several posts on social media, and made headlines in the US and all over the world.

The “Sea” Hanging Over Pershing Square

Designed and installed by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, the Liquid Shard was a cloud-like kinetic structure comprising silver strands made out of holographic Mylar and monofilaments suspended over Pershing Square, one of the most popular public parks in downtown Los Angeles, California. Surprisingly, the public art installation stretched a whopping 15,000 square feet, offering a nice backdrop for the blunt concrete structures surrounding the park.

The installation is so called because of both its fluidity and sparkle. Owing to its shape and components, the installation swung like a sea ripple overhanging the park. It cast a moving shadow below, attracting the eyes of both locals and tourists passing by the park. That’s why it comes as no surprise that it didn’t take long before Liquid Shard became a huge sensation both online and in downtown Los Angeles. According to the artist, the Liquid Shard was meant to be viewed either from the office buildings downwards or from the ground gazing at the skies.

The LA Recreation and Park Department approached Shearn to come up with an exhibit as part of the city’s continuing efforts to bolster support for aesthetic public art displays. The installation was also supported by Now Art LA, one of a handful of nonprofit groups curating public art displays across the city of Los Angeles.

Although most of the credit goes to Patrick Shearn, he actually worked on the exhibit in collaboration with 12 attendees of the Architectural Association Visiting School, a ten-day design seminar that brings together enthusiastic students from all corners of the world. The group consisted of architectural and art students from several countries, including Korea, Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, and China.

About Patrick Shearn

Patrick Shearn is a household name in the public art scene in LA. He’s the founder and owner of Poetic Kinetics, a Los Angeles-based design & art studio which is widely known for designing and building unique yet large-scale public art pieces especially for music and cultural festivals. Inspired by nature, Shearn leverages his knack for construction and the latest in animatronics to whip up amazing public arts.

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Photos of the Liquid Shard

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016
Poetic Kinetics – Liquid Shard, 15000 square feet of silver streamers, at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 2016

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