San Francisco Art@Site Charles O. Perry Eclipse

Charles O. Perry



Embarcadero Center
from immense to gossamer
Eclipse is a huge shape formed by countless fine lines. By walking around it you see that the lines form new patterns. It is interesting to zoom in and to zoom out.
Through the large round holes you can see the inside of and through the sphere. Because of it’s openness and spaciousness Eclipse keeps it’s lightness. During the round walk the lines form high waves that even proceed in vertical movements.
If you zoom in you can see that the lines suddenly form right-angled corners which is dynamic. The corners form together honeycomb-profiles and also powerful protrusions.
Eclipse by Charles O. Perry is an interesting artwork with a clear and open structure and dynamic details.
By Theo,

van immens naar ragfijn
Eclipse is een grote vorm gevormd uit ontelbare fijne lijnen. Door erom heen te lopen zie je dat de lijnen nieuwe patronen vormen. Het is interessant om zowel in te zoomen als uit te zoomen.
Door de grote ronde openingen kun je de binnenkant van en dwars door de bol bekijken. Vanwege de openheid en ruimtelijkheid behoudt Eclipse zijn lichtheid. Tijdens de rondwandeling beginnen de lijnen hoge golven te vormen die zelfs overgaan in verticale bewegingen.
Als je inzoomt zie je dat de lijnen soms haakse hoeken maken die een dynamiek veroorzaken. De hoeken vormen tezamen honingraatprofielen en ook krachtige uitstulpingen.
Eclipse van Charles O. Perry is een interessant kunstwerk met een duidelijke en open hoofdstructuur en dynamische details.
By Theo,
Mr. Perry was an architect working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco when he began making sculptural models at night in a garage. In 1964 his works were exhibited in a one-man show at the Hansen Gallery that sold out and earned him a commission from the city of Fresno.
That year he also won the Prix de Rome, an award that sent him to study sculpture at the American Academy in Rome, where he stayed for the next 14 years to practice architecture and make large-scale works of sculpture that drew inspiration from the geometry inherent in natural forms.
Mr. Perry explored other shapes in “Shell Mace” (Shell Oil Company, Melbourne), the bright-red, calligraphic “Rondo” (Kinshicho Station, Tokyo) and “Eclipse” (Hyatt Regency, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco), a gold-colored sphere — technically a pentagonal dodecahedron with the faces spiraling outward — composed of 1,440 pieces of gold-colored, interlacing aluminum tubes.