True Collaboration: Construction Firm + Art Studio
Gordon Huether Studio, as part of the F+H Construction design team, is currently creating two public art installations —Poppy Jasper and Red Tarantula — for a new parking garage in downtown Morgan Hill.
Poppy Jasper features vibrant reds, oranges and yellows natural to the gemstone of the same name that is found only in Morgan Hill. By celebrating this hometown gemstone the artwork promotes a strong identity for the entire community. Interestingly, Poppy Jasper is said to protect individuals during travel (appropriate for motorists) and of particular relevance to the Morgan Hill community, it is an antidote to spider bites.
Red Tarantula was inspired by the tarantulas that visit Morgan Hill every October. The installation is composed of hundreds of vintage headlights for the spider’s body and is adjoined by eight vibrant red powder coated steel outstretched legs spanning the wall. Red Tarantula is not only a humorous addition to the parking structure, but is a witty response to Poppy Jasper on the façade.