Crystalline Tower

2006, stainless steel, galvanized steel, titanium, mica, 85' tall x 12' x 12'

Commissioned for the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, Cincinnati, Ohio through an international competition for first major public art commission in 185-year history of the City of Cincinnati Parks, the Crystalline Tower was a collaborative 85-foot high stainless steel, titanium and mica kinetic sculpture, created with Vratislav K. Novák, Shayne O. Manning, S.E., P.E., 2001–05 (Dedicated September, 2006)

As one wanders eastward along the intertwining elements of the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, that is, the linked chain of a friendship bracelet dotted with various symbolic charms, one encounters the final jewel on the bracelet: a translucent tower, an ethereal amulet that addresses the triadic energies of wind, water, and sun.

Artists Susan R. Ewing and Vratislav K. Novák express their search for a universal language— those elements that brought them together creatively first in 1996 and again for this special collaboration beginning in 2001. Their artistic partnership was a unique communication between cultures, Czech and American, from which they melded cosmological, spiritual, and cultural references within a formal composition.