Designed by Frank Gehry and inspired by Newton’s Cradle, this sculpture can be seen on the car park wall of Santa Monica Place shopping mall, California. It is a series of stainless steel spheres of various diameters suspended by individual wire cables and locked in place by neighbouring spheres. Hanging directly above the pavement below, and described by the people who created it at Ball-Nouges Studios as being like a ‘big banana hammock’…(as worn by unashamed men on the beach!). Others see The Cradle as a large scale self-organising structure (probably a better description). It would be interesting to see how much it moved in the event of a Los Angeles earthquake.
We spotted it, like most people, whilst driving by. A few days later I went back and waited across the road for someone to walk into the picture, to give it a sense of scale and perhaps make it a little more interesting. I am grateful to the lady on the bicycle who did just that.