mylar plastic and wool fibers. Sky Court was commissioned for the skylighted atrium of the seven-story Xerox Corporation in Stamford, Connecticut. The work consists of hand woven silver, gold and clear mylar as well as wool fibers, suspended from the atrium by means of a cord system. Each fabric section of the sculpture hangs from a different elevation which Knodel selected so his cascading panels could direct the otherwise negative space.
From the artist: “While studying the atrium space at Xerox Headquarters, I discovered opportunity generated by floor-to-ceiling windows facing into the courtyard on three levels, allowing the audience to come close to the work that I was designing for that space. The situation provoked my memory of a roller coaster ride, the quiet assent, and the intense journey that followed. What about experiencing fabric that originates near one’s body, and that carries the imagination of the viewer as it extends out on a dramatic and energetic journey into space? Simultaneously, I realized that the structure could also become an intimate and colorful shelter for occupants of the dining facility beneath it.”