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Artfully done

33-foot sculpture adds splash of color and playfulness to 100 Spectrum Center Drive

Something new has sprouted in the courtyard of 100 Spectrum Center Drive.

It’s a 33-foot sculpture called “Folded Circle, Three Rings” by renowned artist Fletcher Benton, whose work is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art and in several cities around the world.

The steel sculpture consists of three red circles balanced in a gravity defying way.

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“It creates a sense of urban place,” says Irvine Company’s John Koga, Vice President of Planning and Design for office properties. “And there’s a playfulness to it that works in harmony with the retail center at the Spectrum.”

The sculpture previously stood in a less visible location in Newport Beach. In late April, it was moved to Irvine Spectrum Center where crews bolted the nearly 3-ton sculpture onto a concrete footing.

The sculpture strikes a common theme in many Benton pieces, using folded circles, or squares, to reveal a sense of space.

“It’s a very familiar geometry, the circles are something that everyone recognizes,” Koga says. “And there’s a vibrancy of color and a playfulness to it.”

In that way, it connects Irvine Spectrum Center’s offices with the 130 retail stores and restaurants that attract more than 17 million people each year.

“For us, the Spectrum Center is a collaborative effort between office and retail,” Koga says. “In today’s making of vibrant workplaces, those experiences are merging.”

Keep an eye out for more public art coming to the Spectrum Center, he says. More may be coming soon.