The starting point for Kim’s design is gesture, specifically the gesture a conductor makes with their baton during a classical music concert, which is presented here solidified in metal form. The multiple circular “shelves” that make up the piece are an attempt to render gesture in a single line by visually tracking baton movement and rotating it 360 degrees to form a continuous loop. These gesture loops are then interrupted by intersecting linear poles, which are supported by stands of various heights, that together form the sculptural product as a whole.
The design celebrates what Felder Metallhandwerk is able to produce using metal, capturing gesture and rendering it through machine craft. In this collaboration Kim wanted to challenge Felder Metallhandwerk’s usual product output. Compared to the very functional swimming pools, architectural features, and dairy equipment, to name a few examples, that Felder Metallhandwerk regularly make. This is not a functional piece, but a beautiful object in and of itself, which takes visual inspiration from the tubing and material of brass instruments.