James Carpenter: Hearst Ice Falls, 2002-06
Transbay Artists Album

Hearst Tower, New York, NY. Cast glass, stainless steel, water. 30’ H x 75’ W. photo ©Andreas Keller.

This large-scale integrated sculpture demonstrates the optics of light created by the movement of water over a field of cast glass prisms. The moving water, which also animates the space through its sound of quietly rushing water, is harvested from the roof of the building and then purified and chilled so that the entire work serves as the primary cooling and dehumidification system for the major public spaces of the building.