The Air Above is a new project by environmental designer Michael Pecirno that explores how public sculpture can find form and purpose entirely from its context. Situated behind a short fence, on a rolling grassy opening underneath three towering maple trees emerges the sculpture.
Clad entirely in highly-polished stainless steel, The Air Above reflects vignettes of the branches above, the grassy land it sits upon, and the sky. The effect of having a mirrored finish allows the sculpture to become both a subtle addition to the landscape, while exposing visitors to the beauty of the landscape above.
The Air Above’s panels and interior structural joints were cut with a CNC router to achieve the complex form of an irregular polyhedron. Laser-cut polished steel was mounted to these panels and a gap was left between each panel to clearly expose the outline of the piece. The gap between each sheet has been filled with a rough textured white filler that helps to contrast the highly refined mirrored panels.
The Air Above is on display in London’s Battersea Park until September 2015.