Musical Spheres represents artistic form expressed with mechanical movement. Referencing music through movement rather than sound.
Australian artist Marion Borgelt was commissioned by AMP Capital to deliver a site-specific sculptural installation for Sydney’s Angel Place at 123 Pitt Street.
Engaging the shared history of Angel Place as a musical precinct, the kinetic installation invigorates the vast foyer.
Artist led – A strong project team was formed to support the artist including an architect, industrial designers and mechanical engineers – this multidisciplinary approach ensures all of the artistic, architectural and construction based considerations were thoroughly addressed.
Through concept development, detailed design, manufacture management and installation Tilt supported artist Marion Borgelt’s artistic vision. Delivering a gallery quality installation was always at the front of mind and this was supported with a process driven design approach.
Site-specific kinetic sculpture transforms the entry of the building into a playful and continuously changing field of colour.
The ‘musical spheres’ are suspended from 3 automated crankshafts which were developed to aesthetically compliment the architecture of the building and ensure smooth and calculated movement of the individual elements.
The crankshafts are an achievement in precise engineering and creative innovation.
Delivering the artwork successfully into an occupied building required a well-considered site integration plan a careful installation strategy.
Tilt managed the complexities of all aspects of the installation process; our wholistic approach to project delivery enabled an efficient installation with minimal interruption to the active foyer.
Musical Spheres unfolds a colourful form of illusion and movement, engaging people through the soft musical notes.
Mechanical motion transforms the entry of the building whilst providing a captive impression
on the walk-through traffic.21
Fibreglass discs varying in diameter3
Motor gearboxes and customised crankshafts3
Custom colour paint finishes - automotive paint quality and polyurethane
A modular design approach enabled the investment in design to be amortised across the whole project effectively.
Repetition in manufacturing provided an opportunity to both deliver high quality production outcomes and simplify the manage risk in the installation process.
All my public artworks pose challenges, some easier to overcome than others. My team needs to be able to adapt to my many varied site-specific concepts with all their associated requirements. Within the endless possibilities of kinetic, mechanical and stationary art, Tilt makes things happen, dovetailing seamlessly with me, engineering solutions perfectly designed for each project.
Musical Spheres at 123 Pitt Street is a testament to their skills and achieves something that an artist might only dream of: 3 very large motorised crankshafts, designed exactly to fit the space, each gracefully turning coloured, suspended elements that reference music and the shared history of Angel Place.
Tilt has worked with me to create an exciting artwork, one that is bold in vision and concept, unique in fabrication and perfectly suited to the site. Musical Spheres is a triumph of kinetic engineering, uplifting and inspiring audiences every day of the week.
I was thrilled to have Tilt’s dedication and expertise working with me on this project and will certainly undertake future projects with them.
Marion Borgelt, artist.
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