The City of West Hollywood announces a new permanent addition to the city’s public arts program, artist Phillip K. Smith III’s sculpture Parallel Perpendicular, located in the Robertson Gardens area of West Hollywood Park adjacent to N. Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Ave.
The City of West Hollywood has reopened a large portion of the parkland at West Hollywood Park, which was previously closed for the completion of the Phase II West Hollywood Park Master Plan Implementation Project. Amenities in this newly opened portion of the park include a new picnic area alongside an expanded lawn area for passive recreation.
Artist Phillip K. Smith III’s Parallel Perpendicular consists of five free-standing, mirrored volumes composed of parallel and perpendicular planes suspended above a 40-foot-diameter circle of verdant landscape. Parallel Perpendicular is intended to be a fully interactive piece. During the day, these shapes reflect park visitors and the surrounding area, as well as the surrounding views of West Hollywood. At night, the mirror surfaces become pure color fields that slowly move through the color spectrum. These colors reflect each other, merging with colors and creating new color spaces, projections and reflections.
Parallel Perpendicular’s scale is a direct response to the more intimate atmosphere of the Robertson Gardens section of West Hollywood Park. This beautifully located area serves as the park entrance and connection to the Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevard retail and neighborhood zones. Parallel Perpendicular takes center stage in this section of West Hollywood Park to attract crowds both day and night.
The artwork consists of a stainless steel inner frame wrapped with a custom glass layer of two-way mirror and clear mirror layer with an internal safety lamination. The five mirrored volumes have dimensions ranging from 4ft long x 8ft high x 1.5ft deep to the largest volume measuring 9.5ft long x 9.5ft high x 5.5ft deep.
The LED lighting inside the frame provides an even glow across the different surfaces, while simple hardware components control the color choreography and the power supply for the lighting. All five volumes float on a 12-inch diameter brushed stainless steel tube (bolted internally directly to the frame) that provides both structural support and wiring connectivity.
Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. From his studio in Palm Desert, California, he continues to push the boundaries and challenge the ideas of modernist design. Inspired by the cold rigidity of the Bauhaus movement, the reductive geometries of minimalism, and the optical sensation of California’s Light and Space movement, Smith III seeks to resolve the complex challenge of cultivating a natural state of life and spirit within these ideological aesthetic constraints Find . The result is deceptively simple and compelling objects that appear to breathe and move as you observe and interact with them.
Phillip K. Smith III has been featured in hundreds of online and print publications and is known for creating large-scale temporary installations such as Lucid Stead at Joshua Tree, Reflection Field and Portals at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, ¼ Mile Arc at Laguna Beach, and The Circle of Land and Sky at the inaugural Desert X 2017 exhibition. His public artworks can be viewed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Kansas City, Nashville, Oklahoma City and beyond. The artist’s work is also included in the upcoming exhibition and catalogue, Unsettled, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and artist Ed Ruscha.
Parallel Perpendicular is an urban art project organized by the Arts Division of the City of West Hollywood. The Urban Art Program, established in 1987, provides a mechanism to integrate free and accessible art into the city’s urban fabric. Most new developments in the city require a developer to contribute 1% of the project’s value to an onsite artwork or pay a replacement fee to the West Hollywood Public Art and Beautification Fund. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s arts program, visit www.weho.org/arts.
The City of West Hollywood Arts Department offers a wide range of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Art Grants, City Poet Laureate, Free Theater in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art) and WeHo Reads.
For more information about Parallel Perpendicular, please contact the City of West Hollywood Cultural Manager, Rebecca Husband, at (323) 848-6846 or at [email protected] For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.