The “Boulevard” installation consists a series of repeating dome-like tree structures that create a canopy to visually enclose passageways between newly completed parking structures. The fractal form of the sculpture is intended to represent a Southern Californian palm tree-lined boulevard. In order to span the long distances between the parking structures, a strong and lightweight material was necessary.
Due to the complex nature of the fractal geometry and the use of materials and techniques that are not typically used in building structures, material testing and verification was completed on representative components of the structure.
Once an understanding of the properties was achieved through physical testing, these properties were used in a representative non-linear analysis model to predict internal forces and deformations due to imposed forces. This research and analysis served to inform the final geometry and fabrication techniques.