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The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois | Bronze and Glass | 12’ x 109’ x 1.5’
The jumping-off point for this sculpture was Brad Oldham’s intrigue with the elegance of a small screen made by Henry Bertoia using brass and steel rods. Oldham explored and expanded the idea to create an open forest-like feel inside the Fairmont Hotel lobby. The installation functions to create a visual separation between the lobby and bar, and more. The cozy circular 109-foot blended line of trees has become a visual signature for the well-known hotel. It is called the Nest Sculpture because Oldham chose to up light the sculpture, thereby creating a nest pattern on the lobby ceiling.
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