Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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July 2014 83 a seamless mirror-like surface, distorting the reflection of people in interesting ways. Sky Mirror was created in 2005, but then did some traveling: It was temporarily installed in London, New York City and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney before settling into its permanent home at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Gene Jones has now collected 56 art pieces for the stadium, including 16 site-specific commissions by 40 established and emerging artists. Just Add Water The decision was made to incorporate fountains around Sky Mirror. Bryan Weber of Water Structures came to Roman Fountains with the project based on their relationship and success on previous projects. Because of this strong relationship, Roman began the MEP design work on June 28, 1013, even before being formally engaged. The project had to be designed, approved, built, delivered, installed and fully functional and operational by Sunday October 13, 2013, the evening the Cowboys played the Redskins. "It was a 'super fast track' project with no room for error or delay," explains Jon Mitovich, past president and senior advisor for Roman Fountains Corp. "That meant we had to have our system completed, shipped and on the jobsite weeks before the deadline for installation and commissioning. Add to this timetable that the sculpture piece had to be 'hidden' in plain sight during construction, and installation to kept it a secret from Jerry Jones until game day." Top, Right The polished black granite veneer stone and black 'Luna' quartz interior finish of the 286-ft. perimeter, 61,216-gallon pool help accentuate the water's mirror effect. Water flows from the plinth fountain and is also pumped into the reflecting pool to create a flow over all four sides. A narrow grated catch basin skirts the pool base to transport the cascade to a 7,031-gallon direct burial vault for recycling. Bottom, Right The fountain at the top of the plinth moves a 3/8-inch thick wall of water over the rounded granite weirs, falling 4-feet into the large reflecting pool.

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