Talus Dome & Yucca Crater by Ball-Nogues Studio

Talus Dome & Yucca Crater by Ball-Nogues Studio

Talus Dome & Yucca Crater by Ball-Nogues Studio

Talus Dome & Yucca Crater by Ball-Nogues Studio

Architecture makes a lot of left-overs; some of the leftovers can be reused easily, but others are more of a challenge. One pretty delightful reuse is currently sitting in the desert, a modified formwork used by Ball-Nogues Studio to realize Talus Dome, an artwork that now stands thousands of miles away. Talus Dome is a large and hillish-looking outdoor sculpture made of polished spheres. The dome lives in Canada. To form polished spheres into a controlled aggregated mass, the studio constructed an impressive and huge formwork. Easily, this formwork could have been broken down into scrap or simply chunked after Talus Dome migrated from SoCal to Edmonton. Instead, the formwork headed east to serve as a man-made crater, Yucca Crater, a kind of oasis outside of Joshua Tree. Both the shiny, new dome and the earthy crater will stand as long as they can last, reflecting their different surroundings on two very different, but related, surfaces.

Editors Note: You can read more about this over on Los Angeles, I’m Yours.


3 Comments Talus Dome & Yucca Crater by Ball-Nogues Studio

  1. Sarah Jane November 9, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    I’m curious where the Talus Dome is located in Edmonton. The renders show that is should live on the freeway right near my parents place, but I didn’t see it when I was back home for Thanksgiving. Curious.

  2. JC November 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Hey, I live in Edmonton and was surprised to see a new piece of artwork the other day. It’s at the intersection of two freeways in the city. It looks a little bit incongruous and out of place at the moment, but it was just installed, so perhaps it will look better after some gardening. Anyhoo, I found a link with some images.


  3. JC November 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Oh by the way, it’s at the intersection of Fox Drive and Whitemud Drive. on the east side so driving west on Fox is the best way to view it.

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