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Ball Nogues Studio, Cradle (2010)

Cradle, a gravity-defying sculptural work measuring 39 ft. wide and 36 ft. high, is installed on the east-facing wall of Parking Structure 7, on 4th Street. A remarkable aggregation of 335 mirror-polished stainless steel spheres, Cradle operates structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle—the ubiquitous toy found on desks everywhere. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. As a whole, the balls form an articulated surface suggestive of foam or sea life.

Ball Nogues Studio is a collaborative design and fabrication studio led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues that produces architecture, art and products.  

Last updated: 1/3/2017
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“Pursuing Green Office Certification”

To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.