reflecting pond

Sailing Grace
Challenged to develop a sculpture that would make a strong statement about the commissioning company’s expertise in engineering and motion-control technology, Michael Batchelor and Andrey Bererzowsky of Montreal’s SWON Design delivered a work of subtle beauty to an otherwise stark architectural context.  Here’s a close look at the resulting medley of textured glass, sheeting water, gleaming steel and arcing jets, all set within curving ponds.     With residential projects, the importance of understanding the character and focus of the client is widely recognized and appreciated.  Although the scales are different and the “clients” may be committees, we’ve discovered that the same is basically true with commercial projects as well.   A case in point is this project, which we completed for Parker Hannifin, the Mayfield, Ohio-based manufacturer of engineering components and a multi-billion-dollar company whose products are found on everything from Space Shuttles to precision industrial machinery.  Appropriately, the sculpture we were asked to design was to reflect a highly refined, disciplined sense of beauty. We at SWON Design were first contacted by an independent marketing consultant, Karen Skunta, who was participating in the company’s effort to re-brand itself – a program that, in part, included