River Monument (glomus)

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: River Monument (glomus)
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Description:

The artist collective SIMPARCH developed “River Monument (glomus)” to embody the Ohio River and the constant element of driftwood. The natural water-worn debris and unique biomorphic character of each piece of collected driftwood became the artists’ medium for a monument to Louisville’s mighty Ohio River. The “glomus” is a work of controlled chaos, using abundant driftwood and found objects from the River to create a writhing, spherical mass, restrained from within by a geometric steel structure. Beyond the use of found materials, SIMPARCH adds additional layers of responsiveness to site and context by addressing the cacophony of sound – vehicular, barge, and rail – along the River. A solar-powered system hides inside the “glomus”, emanating an arrangement of sound composed by Kevin Drumm to challenge the existing audial experience. The “glomus” has earned nicknames such as “lollipop” and “dandelion”, and quickly became a destination to enjoy or rest in its shade.

PROJECT LOCATION

Public Space
Trail
Waterway/River
Louisville Loop between 8th and 12th Streets
Louisville Loop
Louisville Loop
Louisville, KY 40202
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Louisville Metro Government
Commission on Public Art
Louisville Metro Government
Via Partnership, LLP
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
30,000
under $50K
Private
Public
Found Object, Installation, Sound
Found/Recycled Objects, Metal, Sound, Wood
2015
2016