Orion 1983

Ecole d'Application de l'Artillerie
Draguignan, Var, France
8m12 H/ 26'-8" H

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The theme in this sculpture (as in all of my large pieces) is particularly specific to its site: a school for land-to-air artillery and missiles. The title is taken from the constellation Orion, the Hunter.

The sculpture is intended to be first seen from higher access roads as a signal marking the command post. The structure and the siting add a dynamic force to the sculpture. The circular elements (suggesting dials as well as shields) are grouped into the virtual volume of a sphere. A pipe encased for part of its length in a stainless tube suggests a barrel or launching tube. A rectangular element (with a stainless steel circular insert) points to the entry at the height of the portico.

Materials: weathering steel pipes-Ø 108mm (4-1/4")
steel sheet and perforated-3mm (1/8")
flats-80 x 6mm (3" x 1/4") with stainless steel tube-Ø  120mm (4-1/2")