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Aquileans

Waterfront Promenade

Juneau, Alaska

2017

Description

Situated along Juneau’s cruise ship birth the suite of ten sculptures defines how visitors and the community meet the water’s edge. The sculptures are installed on existing bollards that were formally used to tie up cruise ships along the waterfront from Marine Park to the Mt. Robert’s Tramway building. The inspiration for Aquileans sculptural form is archetypes of the Alaskan landscape including two iconic ecological shapes, a whale fluke and an eagle’s wings in flight. Aptly titled, Aquileans is a combination of the Latin words for eagle and whale. Each sculpture reflects and refracts sunlight during the day and at night are illuminated with a program of color changing LED lights reminiscent of the Aurora borealis northern lights phenomena. Set against the landscape of mountains and ocean the sculptures create a recognizable character for the waterfront and bring a contemporary aesthetic to the social and economic life of Juneau.

Information

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Photo Credit Michael Penn

Location
Waterfront Promenade, Juneau, Alaska

Date
2017

Medium
Stainless Steel Rods, LED Lights

Dimensions
Ten Parts, 16’-11” H x 7’-5” W x 4’ D each

Commissioned by
City and Borough of Juneau, Docks and Harbors

Engineer
Patrell Engineering Group, Inc.

General Contractor
Metal Arts Foundry, UT

Subcontractor
Metal Arts Foundry, Lehi, UT

Client / Reference
Gary H. Gillette, Architect & Port Engineer, CBJ Docks & Harbors Department

Photography 
Michael Penn
www.michaelpennphotography.com