May 17, 2018
A solar-powered art sculpture designed by UCF students will soon grace the entryway of Orlando City Stadium, home of the Orlando City Soccer Club and the Orlando Pride.
The sculpture, when installed, will stand more than 15 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter at the entryway of Orlando City Stadium. It will feature a rendition of a soccer ball designed with intricate gold metal that casts unique, lattice-like shadows on the surrounding ground.

A solar-powered art sculpture designed by a multi-disciplinary team, Gyration, included engineering students and art students. Team members were: mechanical engineering majors Erin Dudley, James Exum and Ramin Ragbir; electrical engineering majors Denis Aybar, Juan Forero, Simon McGlynn and Daniel Truong; and studio art majors Kealey Keepers, Gabby Mancini, Joel Rouff and Joel Zorowitz. Associate professor of industrial engineering Robert Hoekstra and professor of art Robert Reedy advised students during the process.

“This type of collaboration is essential for training the artists and engineers of tomorrow. Future problems in art and engineering will not be limited to just one area of knowledge. They will require teamwork, mutual respect, and collaboration across boundaries. These projects give our students a chance to build these skills,” says Rudy McDaniel, director of the School of Visual Arts and Design.

The next step is a review by the City of Orlando’s Architectural Review Board. The goal is to have the sculpture installed for the 2019 soccer season.

Read the full story at UCF Today.
 


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