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Circadian Transit

Public Art

Tahiti Perhson

Artist Tahiti Pehrson is a master of detailed, delicate paper-cutting. We worked together to fabricate from his hand-cut artwork, effectively building a large-scale “paper-like” sculpture – yet using permanent materials. 


To create a suspended form that felt lacelike and would cast shadows on the ground, we iterated with Tahiti on material thickness, finish, and placement. We also used parametric modeling and augmented reality to pre-visualize the overall sculpture and make adjustments, resulting in a hanging installation that felt fragile, but was structurally sound.


We detailed and vetted our installation plan with a complete mock-up in the shop for successful rigging on-site. Once the pieces were fabricated, our finishing department matched the powdercoat spec to give each disc a delicate paper appearance.  This beautiful installation lives at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt.

Paper cuts, made in metal, made to look like paper

Acknowledgments

Photos and video by Allen Myers.