Draper is the focal point of an addition built by Gould Evans Affiliates for the visual-arts building at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The strands of recycled stainless steel cascade, tinsellike, through a six-story atrium, offering unique views to the surrounding classrooms, meeting areas, and offices. To conceive the form of the installation, Ley developed a physics-based 3-D computer program that calculated the best curvature for the strands, factoring in the pliability of the metal and its mass between the points where it's screwed into the wall.
Next in the pipeline for Ley are two more site-specific projects. At a Seattle firehouse, he'll use stainless-steel tubes to create a gateway. At a police station in Kansas City, Missouri, aluminum rods will become a suspended canopy, constructed with assistance from a robotic arm.
Photography by Alan Tansey.