Corner Glory is a body of luminous radiation projecting from the corner of the new Dylan building at Santa Monica and La Brea Avenue. Its presence invites us into a dialog about this particular corner. What is happening here? What is special about this building and corner? What took place here? It transforms the corner into a gateway without creating a boundary line.
It conjures depictions of the human aura in historical artwork or images of the effects of magnetic forces in scientific literature. Its presence suggests unseen power and invites us to question our own relationship to power. The work can also be read as an urban-scaled feather boa, the 70’s and 80’s fashion pop icon of gender ambiguity and flamboyance.
Corner Glory will be made of high-grade mirror polished stainless steel. Like the 300 series stainless for our sculpture Cradle in Santa Monica, this material is selected because of its capacity to perform in corrosive environments. Aura has a natural mirror finish, creating the surface qualities of a Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog, that changes with the lighting conditions. The finish is reflective but because the steel is cut into thin strips like blades of grass, it does not create distracting reflections. Instead, the material creates a fuzzy edge and softly blurs the distinction between forground and background, material and reflection. The polished finish should produces different effects depending on the time of day and seasonBall-Nogues Studio