Jardin Botánico, Culiacán, Sinaloa / México
structure and FRP plates
The skyspace encounter is a contemplative space conceptualized by the artist James Turrell. It focuses on the
perception of light at sunrise and sunset, creating a colorful spectacle. It is located at the core of the Botanical
Garden in Culiacán, Mexico, a public space highlighting the natural preservation of botanical species and
features a collection of artwork from international artists.
We were commissioned to fabricate and install the main element of the Skyspace. It consists of eight columns,
a concave GFRP (glass-fiber reinforced polymer) screen with a central oculus, a 36-metric-ton metallic inner
structure, and an upper GFRP plate to close the assembly.
The columns were designed to be hollow to allow for rainwater drainage, with the upper plate incorporating a
gutter to prevent dirt accumulation within the oculus. The upper surface of the Skyspace was divided into two
parts, while the screen below is a seamless, monolithic piece of FRP.
This FRP screen was poured on-site in a single continuous 36-hour event, ensuring an immersive experience
of the light colors projected on the screen’s surface. The piece measures 22 x 11 m (72' x 36') and was
fabricated using a mold comprising 21 individual pieces. These mold pieces were transported to the site and
skillfully assembled in place, facilitating the final casting of the plate. Digital fabrication techniques were
employed to fabricate the molds and achieve a surface finish that is clean and smooth.
To accomplish the installation of the main structure, Kinetica devised and manufactured a specialized crane
featuring a scissor-like system. This custom crane enabled us to reach a high level of and to lift each piece and
to locate them into their final location without causing any harm to the nearby palm trees
Artist: James Turrell
Sponsor: Fundación Coppel