Molecule Man Sculpture Plaza

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Chroma Design was challenged to locate three fifty-foot tall ‘Molecule Man’ sculptures in a public plaza that is viewed by 80,000 motorists each day. Artist Jonathan Borofsky intended the sculpture to represent the notion of bringing people together. The human forms are made from 1 1/2 inch aluminum plates that are perforated to represent a molecular structure. Jonathan became fascinated by this molecule idea: “because of the simple fact that even though we appear to be quite solid, we are in fact composed of a molecule structure which, in itself is mostly composed of water and air.” Chroma Design’s plaza paving design with its wavy outline and banding complements this theme. The surrounding garden embraces the sculptural forms while directing views toward them. Comfortable seating is provided for viewing in this relaxing environment and creative night lighting adds a unique form to the night skyline.

Chroma Design led a design team that included:

  • HGM Associates – Surveyors and Engineers
  • TD2 – Structural Engineers
  • RDG – Lighting Designers
Project Role: Prime Consultant
Project Size: 6,500 S.F.
Project Cost: $750,000 + Art
Completed: 2009
Client: Iowa West Foundation
Iowa landscape architecture firm
Nebraska landscape architecture firm
Iowa landscape architecture firm
Iowa landscape architecture firm

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