Todd Bracher

Todd Bracher

#Traces

DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA

Todd Bracher's balustrade, Traces, creates a passage through time and space both literally and symbolically while linking Ithra's Etlala Restaurant, Etlala Lounge and Etlala Lounge Mezzanine via a continuous staircase that connects the upper floors of the building's core Knowledge Tower. The artwork materialises on the balustrade surface from a fragmented gesture into a defined pattern, progressing in ascension and drawing subtle references to Arabic culture and Islamic architecture through geometry and linear ornament.

Delivered in collaboration with UAP, Bracher's Traces creates a direct dialogue with Snohetta's architectural design intent for Ithra's core Knowledge Tower, which prolifically rises 16 floors above the ground to represent that very notion. The higher a visitor walks as they transcend the spatial volume of the staircase from floor 13 to floor 16, the more the pattern reveals itself, simultaneously evoking the passing of history and a future trajectory.

Read more about this project and all artworks delivered for Ithra at Telluric. This publication documents the twelve different artworks commissioned within Ithra, with accompanying images and sketches that give readers not only a holistic view of these integrated artworks, but also a sumptuous sense of the detail and texture unique to each.

Image credit: Cieran Murphy

#Project summary

Creative

Todd Bracher

Artwork Title

Traces

Project

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra

Client

Aramco

Year

2016

Location

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

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