Project Area: Little Tokyo
Project: Miyako Inn
Project Location: 328 E. First Street
Project Type: Developer
Above the entrance of the Miyako Inn hangs 10'h x 10'd geometric mobile sculpture by Susumu Shingu called Aurora. Consisting of 16 panels of highly polished stainless steel suspended on individual axes that are in turn suspended from five central axes, the kinetic sculpture casts flashes of brilliant light from overhead as the sculpture's intricate and delicate pieces are moved around by the wind. "Delicate, complex, capricious and yet never repetitive" is how Shingu described Auroa. From the street, this kinetic work is difficult to visually assemble against the background of reflective glass. But from the second floor lobby of the hotel, the sixteen 45 cm. Square panels rotating around a complex series of five interconnected axes appear to weave, rise and fall in constantly changing waves.