floating peel



Cantor Art Museum, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

14 ft


K&A Scope:

Fabrication design, engineer and manufacture an edition of four fourteen-foot-tall sculptures with minimal ground contact.



From artist’s concept model, the geometry was captured, foam patterns fabricated in full-scale and female FRP molds made of the tops and bottoms of each peel as well as of the remaining portion of the fruit. Due to the extremely small ground contact point, the laminate is carbon fiber in vinylester resin. Fabrication utilized a unique interleafing of thin ribbons of ¼-inch-thick by 1-inch-wide 5-pound per cubic foot PVC foam core. The laminate is nearly solid carbon fiber at the bottom with the carbon gradually being replaced by the foam slivers. The top leaves are approximately 1.5mm  (.060 inches) thick with solid foam between skins.


Artist: Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen