Conceptual Image

Vital Fluid
15 ft(H) x 90 ft (W)x 30 ft (D)
Stainless steel, cast hollow glass, LED lights, solar panels, powder coated steel, custom pipe fittings

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
Site: Phoenix Biomedical Campus Health Sciences Education Building

Artwork Overview:
“Vital Fluids” is a sculpture that consists of organic shapes meant to mimic red blood cells made out of plastic that shade portions of a green space adjacent to the Health Sciences Building. These shapes will be elevated by a series of structural posts that support beams and small diameter posts that support the cell shapes in random patterns.

“Vital Fluids” acts as an undulating sculptural overhanging lattice of blood cells. “Vital Fluids” provides inspiration and beauty, as well as functionally providing shade in the open green space of the campus.

Because of the field of study on this campus, biology, medicine, and health, this concept was inspired by an essential makeup of the human body – red blood cells. Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are the most common type of blood cell and the principal means of delivering oxygen to the body tissues via the blood flow through the circulatory system.

In keeping with the Greek term - erythrocytes: erythros for "red" and kytos for "hollow", with cyte translated as "cell" in modern usage, this concept calls for the structure of these cells to be hollow and transparent. The piece would serve in filtering light, providing shade, and cascading intricate shadows. The lattice or web references the networks and interconnected systems with the body.Vital Fluids" visually captures this vital flow of cells and creates a blanket or shelter from the harsh environment.