A public art project designed by SCI-Arc faculty member Volkan Alkanogu and guest lecturer Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY was selected by the Redondo Beach City Council to be built later this year alongside the city's new transit center, adjacent to the Galleria Mall in North Redondo Beach. The aluminum and wood artwork, dubbed "Gate Wave," was chosen from 10 submissions by the city's Public Art Commission.
The design (shown here) is 13.5 feet at its highest and almost 50 feet wide at its base. It will be constructed using concrete footings, a timber frame structure, and anodized aluminum in four total layers, with cyan and lime colorations on the interior aluminum and white on the outside.
"Gate Wave" is designed to serve as a communication device playfully allowing the public to interact and engage with the variety of moiré effects within the colorful pattern and ephemeral qualities of light and shadows. The project's symbiotic and fluid curvature reflects natural dynamics such as wind, sky and water—elements also representative of the quintessential beach city community.