Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, completed in May 2009, is the 3.1 million sq. ft., 100,000-seat home of the Dallas Cowboys. The stadium architect is HKS, founded in 1939, with 27 worldwide offices and projects located in 1,498 cities and 84 countries. The monumental stadium has two steel arches spanning its 1,290-foot length, and a canted 800-foot glass wall. The retractable roof and end zone walls can transform the indoor stadium to an outdoor venue. It purports to have the world's largest column-free interior. In short, Cowboys' owner and GM Jerry Jones' $1.15 billion home away from home is spectacular. Texas likes big. The sheer size of the venue prompted an analyst to determine its energy output. On game days AT&T Stadium uses more energy than the western equatorial country of Liberia (pop. 4 million). When you're willing to spend that kind of money (well, Arlington taxpayers did help by approving a 0.5 percent increase of the city's sales tax, a hotel occupancy tax hike of 2 percent, and car rental tax of 5 percent), you can't leave the outside grounds looking like any ol' stadia. You gotta have something special. While you might expect some Wild West cowboy-themed statuary, Eugenia (Gene) Jones, the owner's wife has a passion for collecting art pieces for the stadium grounds. When she saw a photo of Anish Kapoor's "Sky Mirror," she decided to purchase it as a birthday gift for her husband. The Sky Mirror Artists Sir Anish Kapoor, 60, knighted for service to the visual arts, was born in Bombay (Mumbai), India, but has lived in London since the early 1970s. In the U.S. he is best known for "Cloud Gate" (2006) at Millennium Park in Chicago, aka the "Bean," a 125-ton stainless steel, kidney-shaped piece of 168 polished stainless steel plates welded together for Above Sir Anish Kapoor's 35-foot diameter, 23-ton, "Sky Mirror" sits on a granite "plinth," which is supported by reinforced structural concrete piers. The top of the plinth is a reflecting pool and fountain. The mirror is polished 316-grade stainless steel (316 has outstanding welding characteristics). The concave mirror side faces east, positioned and angled to reflect the color and cloud patterns of the Texas sky, while reflecting stadium crowds on the other side. Sky Mirror Fountain, AT&T Stadium, Dallas Sky Mirror by Sir Anish Kapoor Reflecting Pools and Water Wall by Roman Fountains, Installed by Water Structures

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