Ed Carpenter

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Barbara Walker Crossing at Wildwood Trail

Barbara Walker Crossing
Wildwood Trail/West Burnside Pedestrian Bridge, Portland, OR 2019
180’ x 12’ x 12’
Welded, painted CorTen steel structure, fiberglass deck grating, stone paving at North landing
Client: Portland Parks Foundation/City of Portland, OR
Budget: $4,050,000
At the request of a local citizens group in 2011, Ed Carpenter developed the bridge design represented here to blend seamlessly with the experience of the Wildwood trail.
Carpenter’s design evokes imagery of the sword ferns and vine maples lining the entire length of the trail.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/wildwood-trail-bridge/

“Micro Macro Mojo”

City of Richardson Texas, 2018
“Micro Macro Mojo” Exterior sculpture, 70’H x 24’W at top x 8”W at bottom
Stainless steel, galvanized carbon steel, laminated glass
Budget: $475,000 plus site development and lighting costs
Commissioning Agency: City of Richardson Texas
“Micro Macro Mojo” suggests a torch, or lantern, or an enormous map pin marking the point of entry into Richardson. Its upward, reaching gesture is optimistic and expansive. Its materials are refined and contemporary.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/micro-macro-mojo/


Lincoln NE Haymarket Plaza, Pinnacle Bank Arena, 2016
“Harvest” Plaza sculpture, 48’ W x 45’ H
Stainless Steel, laminated dichroic glass, copper, lighting.
Budget: $990,000 plus site development and lighting costs
Commissioned by: West Haymarket Joint Public Agency
Designed to contribute on both the big urban scale and the intimate pedestrian scale. When experienced on approach through the plaza, the sculpture will reveal increasing complexity and fine craftsmanship.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/pinnacle-bank-arena-plaza-in-lincoln-nebraska/


Taichung New City Park, Taichung, Taiwan, 2016
“Crocus” 72’ high x 20’ wide
Stainless steel and laminated glass
Budget: $500,000 plus site development and lighting costs
Commissioning Agency: City of Taichung
“Crocus” is a dramatic focal point for the City of Taichung, Taiwan. Rising 41’ above the intersection of two parks on the central axis of Taichung’s new City Center, “Crocus” is visible from the City Hall, the Opera House, and the many residential towers surrounding the site.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/crocus/


Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Entry Sculpture, NC 2012
“Ascendus” Exterior sculpture, 60’ x 16’ x 16’
Galvanized mild steel, stainless steel, laminated glass
Budget: $500,000 plus site development and lighting costs
Commissioning Agency: Arts and Science Council – Charlotte/Mecklenburg
Crafted in steel, aluminum, and laminated glass, “Ascendus” is designed to suggest the excitement of flight and evocations of wings, feathers, and, especially, ascent. Its location at the turnoff to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is prominent and visible from several adjacent roadways. This pristine site includes beautiful native trees and shrubs, providing a handsome background for the high tech forms and materials of the sculpture.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/ascendus/


Wichita Mid-Continent Airport-Air Capital Terminal 3, Wichita, KS 2015
“Aloft”, 64’ x 360’ x 25’
Laminated dichroic safety glass, stainless steel cables and connection hardware, cellular polycarbonate.
Budget: $500,000
Commissioning Agency: The Wichita Airport Authority
Ed Carpenter’s Wichita Airport lobby sculpture is designed to evoke feelings of ascent and descent, and memories of aviation in general. It makes the largest possible gesture in the space, springing from points along the architectural grid of the building, interacting with light from the skylight, and enveloping travelers on the escalators and balcony, as it soars from one end of the building to the other.

“Mollie’s Garden”

Forest Grove Library, Forest Grove, OR 2014
“Mollie’s Garden”, Entry sculpture, 32’ x 24’ x 24’
Laminated glass, steel, hardwood, stainless steel cables and hardware, lighting
Budget: $150,000
Commissioning Agency: Forest Grove Library Foundation
Installed on four columns supporting the library’s main skylight, the sculpture rises toward the light in a gesture suggesting an enormous phototropic botanical specimen—fitting imagery in a building devoted to the light of knowledge.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/mollies-garden/


University Hospital Sky Tower, San Antonio, TX 2014
“Foxglove” Lobby sculpture, 15′ x 30′ x 46′
Stainless steel net, painted steel rings, stainless steel cables and hardware, laminated glass, lighting, Terrazzo flooring.
Budget: $250,000
Commissioning Agency: Bexar County Hospital District, dba University Health System
“Foxglove” greets visitors to the University Hospital in San Antonio. Its form is like the flower from which Digitalis medicine is made. But the plant is deadly, so there is tension between its therapeutic and toxic qualities, like the delicate balance in modern health care practice.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/foxglove/


Ann Arbor Justice Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2013
“Radius” Lobby sculpture, 40’ x 20’ x 12’
Laminated dichroic glass, aluminum, stainless steel, lighting
Budget: $150,000
Commissioning Agency: City of Ann Arbor
“Radius” is designed to involve as much of the lobby as possible, radiating from the southeast corner, visible from inside and outside, day and night. Concealed lighting illuminates laminated glass and polished aluminum details, casting glowing projections of the sculpture’s expansive
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/radius/


Brody Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2011
“Filament” 94’ x 30’ x 30’, Suspended lobby sculpture
Powder coated aluminum, dichroic glass, stainless steel cables and hardware.
Budget: $215,000
Commissioning Agency: Michigan State University
“Filament” sweeps through the Brody Hall university commons atrium like a brush stroke of light and color. A delicate and crystalline gesture in space, it ascends above the stairway, visible from inside and out, night and day. Its form suggests images that are simultaneously botanical and technical, familiar and fanciful. Tautly suspended from the main structural elements of the architecture, the sculpture is conceived to be both integrated and autonomous, born of the building but strong enough to thrive on its own.
Link: https://www.edcarpenter.net/portfolio/filament/