BRIEF: Large ourdoor sculptures for international corporate clients always provide interesting challenges. This is the first outdoor sculpture we have produced where an integral part of the brief was to ensure that a sculpture could withstand a typhoon. Not something we usually have to worry about in Oxfordshire! The location and scale of the sculpture also created a number of design and logistical issues to resolve before the sculpture could be shipped to the One Degree Marina Club.
SOLUTION: An armillary sphere designed by David is supported by a stainless steel support structure, its graceful lines and angle mimicking the hull of a sailing yacht heeling in the wind. The height of the working armillary sphere above ground would normally have made it unusable as a timepiece. David Harber overcame the problem with a typically elegant solution by designing the hour band in glass with the hour markings facing the ground. This allows the shadow to be seen through the glass and read easily from the ground.
The original design concept was created by San Francisco based design agency Square Peg. David Harber worked in close cooperation with Square Peg in San Francisco and Singapore to develop the concept visuals into a practical engineering project.
he entire process from computer generated visuals of the finished design to stress calculations, CAD engineering drawings, fabrication, construction, delivery and installation was managed by David Harber. Installation was completed in just two days using local labour.
“ Our collaboration with David was a pleasure. His knowledge and sense of detail made it a brilliant success.”
Scott Cuyler, Principal, Square Peg Design
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