Ulrich Pakker Studios at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale May 25th to November 25th, 2018
January 2018 Update: Visit to Venice in Advance of the 2018 Architecture Biennale
Ulrich and Pamela traveled to Venice in January to confirm location and arrangements of the room that will hold Ulrich's exhibit. His work will be in Room 13 of Palazzo Mora in the heart of Venice, steps away from the Grand Canal, on Strada Nova. The centuries-old buildings houses the GAA Foundation exhibits in conjunction with the European Cultural Centre. Room 13 of Palazzo Mora will be dedicated entirely to Ulrich's sculptural and public art work: Two large-scale sculptures, one of which will behanging from the beams of the room Seven maquette-sculptures many of which Ulrich has gone on to build monumental in size Posters of the actual installations Three video screens showing videos and loops of fountains, fabrication processes and portfolios
THE ROAD TO VENICE - UPDATE
Ulrich Pakker sculptures have been purchased by several collectors all around the world in preparation for his participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale, a world-class International Architecture and Design event. If you are still interested in purchasing work, please contact us at your earliest convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-789-7454.
Design that Balances Site, Materials and Inspiration
My artistic process creating metal sculptures, fountains and public art begins by visualizing the proposed artwork in as many ways as possible. With public art spaces, different hours and days produce different lighting and changing populations. Will collectors have a bird’s-eye view of the art or will it be a garden focal point? How will climate affect a fountain's materials? What is the expected longevity of the installation?
Everything influences me and my process. I work primarily in metal. The durability of stainless steel, bronze, aluminum and copper match the sources of my designs: geometries of ships’ hulls and seashells, whirlwinds and electrons’ orbits, rocket trajectories and kelp swaying in ocean currents. These have all inspired and catalyzed my artwork. I can see where art could be placed everywhere: embedded in a plaza, ensconced on a coffee table, nested into a garden niche, or raised up on a traffic roundabout, visually connecting all corners of the surroundings.
Natural shapes, movement and lighting drive many of my designs, like Breaking Earth’s Bond, installed at the Gateway to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. Scientists designed, fabricated and tested the rockets for the Saturn and Apollo missions right here. In 2013, I was awarded the 2013 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Commissioner Art Award “Inspiring Peace and Humanity through Art and Science” by Dr. Sheree Wen for this sculpture . The installation components involve physics and chemistry, like the research going on at the site. Trajectory, 25-feet tall and stainless steel, makes permanent the ephemeral trail of the rocket as it heads upward and eastward from the launch pad. Scattered about the base of Trajectory are Hydrazine, five stylized molecules of Hydrazine, the very first rocket fuel. All of my public artworks derive from the same reflections of place that Breaking Earth’s Bond did.
My design process seesaws between the requisites of the client/site and the active processes in my studio. This back-and-forth reflects my dependency on both the installation’s viewers and the requirements of physical fabrication. I owe my success as a public artist to the energetic dynamism of this balancing act.