Location: Dallas, Texas
The Sky Torus, by Mid-Ocean Studio is a 70ft diameter ephemeral structure designed to carry objects one might find in the sky. Goal: to express the structure, sky elements, and create a floating, lightweight effect for airport passengers viewing from the concourses and passing underneath.
Essential Light Design Studio received a section of the sculpture (to erect ourselves) and a few sky objects for mockup. We tested multiple products and studied various approaches before coming back around to the initial concept. During the mock we created a ceiling plane to determine the ideal suspension distance from the ceiling. The final design using small, linear, RGB chips with linear spread optics on the bottom course of the torus to uplight the frame and ceiling above. The low-voltage power/data cords are neatly attached to the structure. Drivers/power supplies are accessibly located away from the sculpture in the ceiling above.
The Sky Totus is programmed so that every hour on the hour it basks in 10 minutes of bright white light. Followed by various shows, some intense with color, some subtle. Many shows slowly rotate to emulate a gently rotating sky. It is great to watch weary travelers stop for a moment to take in the moment.