Apple Park Visitor Center is the perfect place for a photo walk, and soon visitors will discover a whole new environment to capture and experience. Apple commissioned artist Katie Paterson and studio Zeller & Moye to create a permanent public sculpture for the Visitor Center titled Mirage.
Constructed entirely of pure cast glass, Mirage will bring a comprehensive experience to Cupertino. Sand collected from deserts around the world will be melted into more than 400 cylinders and arranged in wave shapes that mimic a desert dune. According to Paterson, Mirage will contain sand from subtropical, coastal, rainy, inland, mountainous, volcanic and fossilized deserts.
Paterson’s sculptural world tour will take place in the Swan Hill olive grove, at the north entrance to the Apple Park Visitor Center. The grove runs parallel to N Tantau Avenue and connects to the Visitor Center parking lot with publicly accessible hiking trails. Construction will be completed in 2022.
The purpose of the installation is to arouse wonder and awe, creating meaningful connections with nature in a gathering place that mixes art, architecture, science and nature. Referring to the name of the sculpture, the glass shapes will blend into the landscape like a desert mirage as they meander through the trees. Visitors interacting with the artwork are invited to slow down and tune in to the vastness and preciousness of our planet as they move through the deserts of the world from east to west.
Katie Paterson is a Scottish artist whose projects seek to broaden our time horizons. Paterson’s work has been exhibited internationally and often uses sophisticated technology to create human connections. Zeller & Moye, project partner, is a global architecture studio that has designed projects ranging from furniture to large cultural buildings. The studio’s working method aims to reconnect people with their natural environment by exploring the relationship between the built and the natural. Paterson and Zeller & Moye were selected after a targeted global artist search conducted by Artsource Consulting.
In addition to the upcoming art installation, Apple Park Visitor Center includes a rooftop terrace with views of Apple Park and a cafe, both of which reopened after public health shutdowns in 2020. When it is Available, the Apple Park Visitor Center Store offers opportunities to learn iPhone Photography from Apple Creative Pros in some of the best Free Today at Apple sessions available at any Apple Store around the world.
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