Castlegar, BC Canada | 2022
Created by artist John Fleming, Reflectivity represents the live oaks which remain an iconic symbol of the LSU campus. The sculpture, located outside the LSU Bookstore on Union Square, reveals the essence of the live oak with a mirrored canopy that reflects life at LSU. According to Fleming, Reflectivity is a landmark, a gathering place offering shade, and with its mirrored underside, a true reflection of all of us.
"We chose hot-dip galvanizing for the steel “trees” because we wanted more corrosion protection than we could get from a powder coat paint finish. We also liked the more organic crystalline finish HDG offered." John Fleming, Artist/Architect
Commissioned through the Percent for Arts program, Reflectivity is consistent with the university’s commitment to the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. Reflectivity is composed of 20 mirror-finished stainless steel panels held aloft by four hot-dip galvanized steel “trees.” The hot-dip galvanized steel tree branches pass through round cutouts in the stainless steel canopy. Each branch supports a spoke in the beam structure above. A circular wooden bend underneath provides a place to sit in the shade.
Hot-dip galvanizing was specified for the steel "trees" because the Artist/Architect (John Fleming) wanted maximum corrosion protection than what a standard powder coat paint finish could provide. The Artist/Architect also liked the more organic crystalline finish hot-dip galvanizing offered.
Another added advantage was the ability to ship whole tree assemblies straight from the fabricator (Iron Design LLC) to the HDG plant and then have the assemblies straight to the installation site on the campus of Louisiana State University.
Baton Rouge, LA United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance
Tubes for the base and Channels for the tree and branches
Iron Design LLC
South Atlantic LLC - Zachary Plant
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