For NeoCon 2013, Wolf-Gordon created a temporary, site-specific installation that swept through the main escalator space between the first and second floors of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Titled “Force of Nature,” the sculpture is a spiral array of 75 eight-foot long panels and references the power of natural forces that are having an increasing impact on human habitats, behaviors and policies, while focusing on their more constructive, aesthetic qualities. The panels are covered, front and back, with 150 Wolf-Gordon wallcovering and upholstery textile items, and are arrayed as a color spectrum, from white to red on one side, and from black to green on the other. The barrel roll of the sculpture stems from careful geometric calculations that resulted in identical joiners that were slightly tapered and placed at the center of the panels to serve as a spine. The panels attach to the joiners at an angle to naturally create the sculpture’s dynamic twist. The result is an ever-changing “landscape” of color that attendees enjoyed as they travelled up the escalator and walked around the second floor viewing area. “Force of Nature” is Wolf-Gordon’s second site-specific art installation created for NeoCon. The company debuted this innovative sponsorship of the escalator “air space” at last year’s NeoCon (2012) with “Canopy,” an asymmetrical, crystalline structure that celebrated the Company’s newly expanded product line in upholstery and drapery textiles.

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