Wondering what those eight giant, shiny interconnected orbs are all about outside the under-construction United Technologies building along Donald Ross Road?
It’s a new stainless steel sculpture called “C2H6,” by public artist Mark Fuller.
The art work is Fuller’s biggest outdoor project ever — it weighs four tons, took a year to design and build, costs about $300,000 and, oh yeah, it looks pretty cool.
Fuller and his crew of workers are erecting the art piece this week, right off the eastbound ramp of Interstate 95.
“C2H6” is the formula for the chemical compound ethane, an odorless, colorless gas. The eight orbs represent two parts of carbon and six parts of hydrogen in the formula.
Fuller chose the ethane visual to fit the bio-tech vibe along the Donald Ross corridor. In addition to the United Technologies building, a $115 million centerpiece showcase for the company’s Climate, Controls and Security division that is expected to be completed this year, the corridor also includes the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
An art component is part of the requirement that developers must finance for all large-scale commercial projects in Palm Beach Gardens. It does not come from taxpayer dollars.
On Wednesday, as a four-man work crew fit the sculpture segments together, Fuller was delighted. Even though he had the pieces built separately in his Riviera Beach warehouse, this was the first time he’d seen how massive it looked all together.
“The size of it,” he said with a smile on his face. “Wow, I didn’t realize it was this big.”
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