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Most talked about: "Indigo Waters”  -  NOVEMBER 2009
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Orchid
Submitted by Anonymous on
Thu, 11/12/2009 - 04:45.
Beautiful installation that changes with the tracking sun and the location from which it is viewed. Congratulations Lisa, a real winner from concept to completion!

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Tue, 11/03/2009 - 17:51.
I am in such awe of Lisa Schirmer's fabulous art work. Her love of San Diego and our beautiful ocean and waters shows through in her work. Her use of light makes this even more remarkable. San Diego is so fortunate to have a local artist with such talent. Lisa and her "Indigo Waters" are a real treasure!  D&L Pt.Loma

Waters of Change
Submitted by Anonymous on
Fri, 10/16/2009 - 17:46.
i have visited the hotel indigo boutique chain of hotels in three different locations, including this 9th & island location. it is a unique honor in this day & age of manufactured 'art' to be given the opportunity to create in an environment that is is like a living & breathing permanent art installation. not only do each of the locations display original art, the works are all created by local artists. lisa schirmer brings beauty & inspiration to the san diego skyline. it reminds local artists that with hard work & dedication to your craft success will surely follow.

great work
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/11/2009 - 19:12.
Great job to Lisa! I love what you have done here!

Indigo
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/11/2009 - 17:16.
What a beautiful accomplishment. It's truly striking.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/11/2009 - 00:55.
Amazing!! How this work of art can be both soothing and exhilarating at the same time. Wow, and thanks to Lisa. PL

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Tue, 10/06/2009 - 20:28.
Stunning architecture. Bravo! Rhonda Burke

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Tue, 10/06/2009 - 01:02.
It's quite an addition to our blossoming skyline -- I love downtown San Diego!

Hotel Indigo
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 18:26.
A great example of PR through art...visit Hotel Indigo where your stay meets the bay...Beautiful! E. Mellon

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 16:10.
Finally San Diego is becomming a world class city thanks in part to projects like this one at Indigo Waters. It's a real Orchid.

Outstanding and
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 16:05.
Outstanding and breathtaking. Lisa's artwork adds a new dimension to building beauty on to architectural structures. Bravo, Lisa and the Hotel Indigo.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 15:35.
I love the blending of the art and nature with architecture. Congratulations on a masterpiece.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 13:41.
The shear scope and beauty of this project is awe inspiring. Of course, I love blue, I love BIG, and I love talent. This piece is great!

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 05:38.
how refreshing to have "artists" relate their work to science and history rather than "whimsy" as their tether to acceptance - a beautiful and meaningful project that celebrates the education and training of a true artist. DPallulat

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 04:19.
I saw this sculpture for the first time a few days ago and just heard of the Orchids and Onions website. I love the beautiful indigo panels and their light-reflecting movement:the mathematical concept that the artist incorporated is especially interesting to me….a masterful job! This sculpture is a great asset to San Diego culture. Elsie Neilson

Indigo Blue, Glass Art
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 10/05/2009 - 01:05.
Such an lovely addition. Very peaceful. May Rocha

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/04/2009 - 22:16.
It's not often that you see such a wide-spread theme that connects the thematic concept from a building's facade to an ornamentation at a Bel Man's desk/kiosk. When you do see this broad stroke integration of art, the art is usually a commercial for the facility and is laden with one sort of logo or another. Very well done. I wish I had that type of vision in my life. Thanks

Beautiful and creative piece of work
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/04/2009 - 21:13.
Congratulations!

Ride the Wave
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/04/2009 - 20:50.
Every time I drive across my hometown's river, or past a stretch of the ocean's blue, I feel the swell of peace within. Just seeing or hearing water manages to have such a calming effect. What a great way for Indigo Waters to do this in the midst of a big city. I really enjoy it! — Sandy Neilson-Bell

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sun, 10/04/2009 - 19:19.
What great metal work! The hanging glass is amazing as well!! Great job to the artists involved!

Art Splash !
Submitted by Anonymous on
Fri, 10/02/2009 - 22:08.
This is one "Splash" of Art! I love this!

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous
on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 17:16.
I love art that's "alive" and Indigo Waters is certainly that. The way the glass sculpture plays with natural light all day long, to the intensity of "the ocean, white with foam", when it is backlit at night is amazing and fun to watch.
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Comments Continued:

The metal sculptures that hide the mechanical equipment, and the kiosk in front add dynamic curb appeal. And the terrace metal sculpture sliding screens add interest, and are a great conversation piece while sipping a glass of wine and admiring the San Diego skyline. My thanks to the artist for making my visit to the Indigo Waters so relaxing, inspiring, and enjoyable.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Thu, 10/01/2009 - 23:45.
We love this beautiful art work. Gorgeous colors, so San Diego! We can't wait to go see it in person.

Breathtaking
Submitted by Anonymous on
Thu, 10/01/2009 - 16:50.
Wow! What a lovely display. I love the glass medium- it gives off such a strong energy. The wave pattern allows the exquisite blue colors a natural movement almost. The entire building is soothing to the eye. And I love the various shadow patterns at different times!

RELAXING
Submitted by Anonymous on
Wed, 09/30/2009 - 22:59.
the sculpture gives you the feel of the waves. and the different hues of blues just makes you relax and enjoy beautiful downtown San Diego. the artist truly captured the essence of San Diego.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Wed, 09/30/2009 - 22:48.
It's remarkable how the artist created the flow of water from one glass panel to the next. The continuity and precision is beautiful! Love It!

I love this sculpture! It's
Submitted by Anonymous on
Wed, 09/30/2009 - 22:46.
I love this sculpture! It's magnificent! She get my vote.

My favorite kind of art
Submitted by Anonymous on
Wed, 09/30/2009 - 22:31.
My favorite art makes me think about what inspired its creation and makes me feel better to be around it. Indigo Waters does that and more. Public art like this is a joy. A big, big thank you to the artist.

Grand Public Art
Submitted by Anonymous on
Tue, 09/29/2009 - 05:04.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Indigo Waters and it looks and feels like something superman might have created. Over four stories tall, it is grand in scale and just plain fun to look at and be around. The changing shades of color throughout the day are really cool. I love public art like this.

More Than Meets The Eye
Submitted by Anonymous on
Tue, 09/29/2009 - 03:53.
This sculpture delights the mind. It's intriguing and satisfying. Beauty is celebrated on so many levels.

Distinctive and beautiful
Submitted by Anonymous on
Thu, 09/24/2009 - 18:28.
As I was walking downtown recently, something caught my eye. I looked up and stopped in my tracks to admire a most unique and beautiful addition to the area. I knew I had to learn more and a few Google clicks brought me to Indigo Waters. I love the sophisticated concepts behind this art and yet it is all about connecting the viewer to elements as simple and beautiful as water and light. We really do have so much to celebrate in San Diego and kudos to this artist for this enduring reminder in her inspired work.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 09/21/2009 - 04:05.
This sculpture gives you a different look anytime of day. The color intensities are astonishing! Fun to view!

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Fri, 09/18/2009 - 00:14.
Lisa--It's SPECTACULAR! Congratulations on a long and intensive year of creativity that the 'powers that be' finally recognized as a major sculptural opportunity for San Diego.

Sunshine Spectacular
Submitted by Anonymous on
Tue, 09/15/2009 - 02:02.
I was fortunate to see this sculpture cascade brillant color across the building. Loved the show! Look forward to my next visit.

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sat, 09/12/2009 - 23:29.
Stunning work. Congratulations Lisa!
Bernard Groefsema

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Fri, 09/11/2009 - 02:52.
Great Public Art ! Nice to see art with excellent scale and composition. This piece speaks for itself! Gets my vote!

Gorgeous! Such pleasing
Submitted by Anonymous on
Mon, 09/07/2009 - 20:50.
Gorgeous! Such pleasing proportions. I can imagine teachers bringing young students to this place to study math. And the pieces of blue glass look like silk banners to me, the movement of color and light echoing the way fabric would move in the breeze. I'm also very pleased to read that the developers and architects chose to employ local artists and crafts people. It speaks well of their sensitivity to all aspects of the site - human as well as physical. Diane Gage

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Sat, 08/29/2009 - 00:23.
This beautiful art piece has escalated San Diego into a destination for viewing meaningful work. I look forward to my next downtown visit.


ABSOLUTELY STUNNING
Submitted by Anonymous on
Fri, 08/28/2009 - 22:07.
A stunning public art piece. I love to check out the waves of beautiful blues and purples that change as the sun moves across the sky. It lifts my spirits every time I’m in the area to sneak a peek. Bravo to the artist for her boldness in concept and execution and for gracing San Diego with this distinctive beauty.

WOWEEE!
Submitted by Anonymous on
Thu, 08/27/2009 - 17:45.
What a beautiful, beautiful addition to downtown! Lisa's detailed research really shows all the way to the valet kiosk. What amazing talent! Jill Hammons

Indigo Waters
Submitted by Anonymous on
Wed, 08/26/2009 - 20:12.
What a beautiful addition to San Diego. This gets my orchid.
"Indigo Waters" was recently nominated for an Orchid in the San Diego Architectural Foundation(SDAF) ORCHIDS & ONIONS Awards 2009, in the category of Public Art. "Indigo Waters" was distinguished as one of the "Most Talked About" nominations.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the beautiful comments "Indigo Waters" has received.

Suspended 12 stories high, “INDIGO WATERS” is a large scale, glass art sculpture. Thirty-three individually hand crafted panels of radiant blue glass are positioned in offset layers to reflect and refract light, celebrating San Diego’s beautiful energies of light and ocean. This outside public art piece spans 4 stories in height and weighs over 5,000 pounds yet playfully dances with changing light throughout the day. This elegant beacon of floating color inspires locals and visitors from the Gaslamp District to the ballpark, welcoming guests to the Hotel Indigo. You can play in the ocean and not get wet!

“Rhythmic wave relationships of shape and color form as I move vertically from shallow water to deep water. I move laterally from clear waters to turbid waters, thick with color and mystery. I celebrate calm waters and waters flowing with texture, I love our ocean,” said artist Lisa Schirmer , a long time San Diego resident. Schirmer truly enjoys dissecting nature's genius. “The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean are great playgrounds.” These are mathematical concepts that appear in nature. When she started to contemplate the design possibilities for the Hotel Indigo, she thought of translating these proportional relationships into compositions of color and shape. These concepts are part of the philosophy of the Hotel Indigo's branding.

The artist creates the color indigo (a hue of blue) by mixing blues and purples. Lisa worked with several color contrasts. These contrasts are the luminosity of hue, light-dark contrasts, cool-warm contrasts, saturation and extension. She used these color contrasts to define her color chord. Combining two planes of individually colored hand painted glass, the artist created new color harmonies. This resulted in 33 individually tempered, laminated units of colored shape requiring over one year to complete. Each unit is 38”x38” and each weighs over 68 pounds. The Golden Mean inspired the shape of the painted units, a combination of a square and a quarter circle.

By rotating and repeating this one unit only, an entire body of water was created, celebrating the beautiful San Diego ocean. The 33 units arranged in the Fibonacci sequence elegantly fit onto the curved wall of the beautifully designed building, 12 stories high. The water image cascades down to the 9th floor. The blues of the glass harmonize with the coloring of the building. Combining traditional two dimensional design with three dimensional positioning, Schirmer extends her composition. As the San Diego sunlight moves through the enameled glass during the day, colors are mixed, spilling onto the curved surface of the wall, animating the composition.

The shaped color actually moves with the daily passage of time. “In researching the Hotel Indigo site, I recorded how the sun moved across the space. I wanted to celebrate a sense of light and a sense of time. I thought stained or ‘enameled’ glass was appropriate. It is a method of creating color that is six centuries old, and it is permanent. The Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean are ancient, timeless concepts. I appreciate the richness of the past minds. I value the extension of these past concepts into the present and the future, and I am thankful to celebrate God’s creation of color, nature and thought,” said the artist.

“THE GOLDEN MEAN IRONED OUT IN SILVER” Lisa Schirmer was commissioned to design the street level gates and the valet kiosk. The kiosk is ADA compatible. In addition, her design of the 9th Floor Terrace Privacy Screen is a beautiful foil for the San Diego skyline. These designs celebrate the Golden Mean in a body of silvery splashing waves. The metal was fabricated by Ocean Beach artisan Bill Brents. The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), Phelps Development and JWDA embraced the original Art Glass Sculpture, Metal Design and Photography throughout the hotel, employing many local artists and artisans.

Project Information

Project Address: 
9th and Island, San Diego

Project Owner/ Developer: 
InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) &
Phelps Development

Owner Contact Name/ Email: 
Chris Jones / chris.Jones@IHG.com

Project Architect/ Designer: 
Lisa Schirmer
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