Installing ‘Cocoon’

Cocoon is an immersive sculpture by Joe O’Connell, Nina Borgia-Aberle and Blessing Hancock that you walk or ride your bike through. We built it at Creative Machines over the past two months. Chrissy McMillan masterminded the logistics while Dustin Miller, Lucas Conrad and Joe O’Connell installed the huge sculpture alongside Houghton Road on the east side of Tucson. Moving it from our shop to Houghton Road involved a huge amount of coordination: cranes at both ends, a double drop flatbed, pilot cars, police escorts, a pole car, lane closures, and a utility bucket truck to move overhead wires. We were helped enormously by the professionalism of Hook Crane, Southwest Rigging, Robin’s Pilot Car Service, Sturgeon Electric and our escorts from the Tucson Police Department. Hunter Contracting was onsite to coordinate the install and pour the concrete footing. It all went smoothly and local residents came out to enjoy seeing it set into the ground. Here interviews with some of them in this news clip:


We intend for people to feel a sense of containment and then transformation as they emerge from it into the open landscape. This is the first time we have seen it in such a large open space. The scale looks right. As soon as the concrete sets and we run the electrical conduit, Hunter Contracting can pack and level the soil to create a path. Then we’ll take the first trip through it. #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

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