In the world of tensile architecture, projects are rarely run of the mill. A case in point is the 56 foot long aluminium framed, red rabbit which is now hanging in the atrium of the all-new terminal B of the Sacramento Airport. When artist Lawrence Argent was commissioned to create a piece which would ignite the imagination of travellers and visitors alike he looked to Kreysler & Associates who in turn called Ronstan. “Leap” as the piece is affectionately named is one of the latest custom projects Ronstan has helped see through to reality. This suspended sculpture was installed as the centerpiece of several art exhibits commissioned by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Ronstan provided multiple ACS2 Stainless Steel Cables that bear the full weight of the suspended sculpture yet appear nearly invisible in contrast to the bright red rabbit. The structural cables were fabricated and assembled in-house with site install by Kreysler & Associates.
The specifications of the project required multiple cables to suspend an aluminum rabbit, ranging in length from 13 feet to 36 feet, Jaw Turnbuckle to Jaw. Each of the connection plates were between 5/8″ and 3/4″ thick. The sculpture required a maximum working load of 7,800 pounds with a heavy concentration on exhibit visitors/airport safety. As a result, we used a combination of our ACS2-SS-16, 1/2″ diameter, 1×19 and ACS2-SS-20, 5/8″ diameter, 1×19 Stainless Steel Structural Cables. With a great team involved, the project was delivered from Ronstan Tensile Architecture on-time and complete with a swift installation by the team at Kreysler & Associates.
Architect: Kreysler & Associates, Artist Lawrence Argent
Enginneer: LA Fuess Partners, Inc. Structural Engineers
General Constructor/Bulder: Austin-Walsh Construction Joint Venture
Client/Owner: Sacramento International Airport
Location: Sacramento, CA