Highland Pedestrian Bridge
fiberglass, aluminum, paint, resin
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.