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  • Title

    National Velvet

  • Artist

    John McEnroe

  • Location

    Highland Pedestrian Bridge

  • Neighborhood

    Highland

  • Year

    2008

  • Artwork Type

    Public Sculpture

  • Material

    fiberglass, aluminum, paint, resin

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About This Piece

Created by artist John McEnroe, “National Velvet” is an Obelisk standing 20 feet tall near Highline Pedestrian Bridge. It is comprised of two parts: the aluminum base and the red fiberglass sculpture.  The work was constructed using sand filled nylon which was coated in resin, then drained of its sand to make a translucent “candy” shell. The hollow interior is lit internally with a “tree” of compact florescent lights.

“National Velvet” won the People’s Choice Award for best new public art in 2008.