‘Liquid Shard’ by Patrick Shearn @ Pershing Square
In collaboration with The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks artist Patrick Shearn presents “Liquid Shard” as a public art collaboration with NOW Art LA www.nowartla.org, and Pershing Square in DTLA.
Liquid Shard is a large-scale sculpture that is made out of holographic mylar and monofilament installed across Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The work spans 15,000 sqft. The piece is comprised of two layers that rise from 15 feet off the ground to 115 feet in the air. “The inspiration comes from observing nature and the feeling that we are only aware on a very surface level of what is really going on around us. Unexpected things are revealed in time-lapse or hyper-spectrum photography that fascinate me. Like fractals recurring progressively, we feel the currents of air on our skin but do not see the larger movements. I wanted to play in that realm with this technology I have been developing.”- Patrick Shearn. As the center square for downtown Los Angeles, this work was created site specific to be viewed both from the ground perspective looking up to the sky and from the offices surrounding, looking down. This project allows viewers to slow down, and observe the wind slowly undulating and transforming this piece, similar to watching clouds or observing the slow mesmerizing motions of sea flora. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, as just the contrasting rhythm of this artwork to the hustle and bustle of downtown adds something unique and positive to the urban environment. Now Art LA helped make the Poetic Kinetics project happen, along with LA Rec & Parks. Liquid Shard is part of an ongoing outdoor exhibition series that will focus on installations and feature of artists curated by NOW Art LA at Pershing Square. By using public art as a mechanism to explore material, space and stimulate conversation, we are able to feature artists’ work with temporary installations that showcase a wide range of styles and diverse approaches.
  • Category: Public Installation
  • Client: Pershing Square Park, Los Angeles
  • Installed: July 28 - August 11, 2016
  • Artist: Patrick Shearn