76 fully programmable dandelion seeds
Structurally sound foundation
-above or below ground
Total height: 50 ft
Foundation footprint: 30 ft x 30 ft
Polycarbonate seeds: 4 ft in diameter
Flower stems: 17 1/2 inch in diameter
16 in .250 wall steel pipe (stems)
1 in steel base plates
1.25" grade 8 mounting hardware (base plates)
18 in X 6 in .380 wall wide range bean for foundation
4 in diameter 1/2 in thick plastic balls with
double mat fiber glass
1/4-7/8 in polycarbonate glass
Total weight: 21,000 lbs
Foundation: 7,200 lbs
Flower stems: 6,500 lbs
Flower bulbs: 1,500 lbs
Seeds: 5,250 lbs
Leaves: 750 lbs
Wish has been seen by millions across the globe and is our most famous piece. It is a highly mixed medium project depicting three contemporary dandelions that are losing their seeds in the wind. Like most of Robert James' projects, Wish has an enormity that catches everyones attention. Wish also has a delicate balance with an elaborate blown glass and mirror mosaic that covers the entire surface of the dandelion stems. The entire project changes colors and can be programmed to interact with nearby music and pulse with the beat.
The three (3) stems are built from 16″ schedule 40 steel pipe that vary in length from 40', 45', and the largest breaking the 50' mark. The foundation of the project consists of 18×6 wide flange beams and weighs a little over 3.5 tons; for most installations, the foundation will be buried from sight adding towards the visual cleanliness, making it seem as if the flowers have broke through the grounds surface, and with deep roots, are climbing and growing towards the sun. The flower bulbs of the project are a mix of plastic, steel, and fiberglass; all embeds were fastened to a 4' diameter plastic ball, then glassed.
The seeds are built of aluminum that sleeve into the balls; the top of the seed is a contemporary polycarbonate disk that illuminates by a fully programmable LED strip. In between the stem and the flower bulb is a ¼” aluminum leaf disk; the leaves were constructed from an 8'x 8' sheet, formed, then more leafs were added to the disk to form a conical shape. The design of the leaves are aggressive (literally stabbed the crew numerous times) and appear to protect the flower from danger below. The flowers house fifty eight (58) of the programmable seeds and the ground another eighteen (18). When fully assembled the entire project runs off of one controller that can change to any color on the rainbow and can even interact with nearby music and pulse with the beat.