Exclusive: The ‘unique’ moving, colorful art planned for new parking garage
The principals involved with creating the artwork for the new downtown parking garage explain the genesis of the piece, its design and installation.
Imagine circling through a multistory parking garage, becoming frazzled as you search for somewhere to park.
Now, imagine that experience driving through slowly rotating patchworks of colors, causing you to feel as if you’re floating on a rainbow. Finding a parking space becomes a much more enjoyable experience.
“The movement of the color, it is like music,” internationally known artist and Des Moines resident Yorame Mevorach said. “It is something you feel … a visual composition of colors.”
Mevorach, known as Oyoram in art circles, is working with local developer Justin Mandelbaum to create a unique piece of moving art that will cover the west side of a parking garage under construction at Fifth Avenue and Walnut Street in downtown Des Moines. Called “The Flying Fifth,” the 20,400-square-foot space art facade – about a third the size of a football field – will be covered with 435 two-bladed windmills that rotate slowly with the wind.
The artwork will also include 870 one-foot square LED panels, located in the center of each windmill and in between each windmill, that will serve as a digital canvas for Oyoram’s radiating visuals.
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