Excerpt from wired.com:
The atrium in the Dallas Hilton Anatole hotel is Texas-big, lofting more than 150 feet in the air. Owner Harlan Crow — legendary real estate investor and eccentric collector of ego-size dead-dictator statues – needed to fill it.
What happened next was perhaps the most ambitious kinetic sculpture ever commissioned, the Nebula.
Conceived and designed by Berkeley, California, artist Reuben Margolin, and built and installed by Mark Sabatino’s Gizmo Art Production in San Francisco, the sculpture seems to swim, as a motor on the ceiling rotates a massive truss holding 445 stainless steel cables connected to 15,000 reflectors, shimmering like jewels.
Margolin, whose celebrated kinetic works include the “magic wave,” the “pentagonal wave“ and many others, says the Nebula is by far his most difficult piece to date.
“The thought was, to make something that is … beautiful and to make something that draws you in and to make something that really does justice to this space, and makes you appreciate that actual grandeur of the atrium,” he told Wired.com.
In other words, the Nebula is an insanely complex engineering feat that has to be seen to be believed....