Receptor is a landscape sculpture for Patriot Ridge, a private office development for government contractors, adjacent to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, VA. The NGA collects, analyzes, and distributes geospatial intelligence in support of national security. The NGA was formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). The sculpture is a commentary on this imaging and mapping process that can bring information from anywhere in the world through satellite imagery. The site design and sculpture form a situation that mirrors this process of surveillance, by using the idea to create an engaging plaza and sculpture.
Three island berms with perimeter seating create an enclosure for the sculpture Receptor in the central plaza area. The sculpture is comprised of three elliptical and circular dishes referencing a platform for communication much like a satellite dish receives communications from a satellite orbiting the earth. The three sculptures, two patinated bronzes and one in stainless steel, intersect one another to form a triangular composition joining the ground on three concrete topographic stacked forms.
The earthworks and their perimeter concrete seating bands create a linear topography that when viewed from the buildings above reference the reception of satellite communication from space to the earth. The plaza and the sculpture create an entry for the surrounding office buildings and a place where visitors and employees can rest and socialize. The sculpture and landscape design were integrated directly into the plans for the courtyard creating both an inviting space for visitors and employees as well as compelling and dynamic visuals to those in the office buildings viewing the sculpture from above.