Connecting Music and Theater in Costa Mesa, California
At first sight you wonder "What in the world is this?", and are enticed to get closer. In the plaza of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, a newly erected 66-foot tall steel sculpture (named Collector) stands as a bridge between two premier halls of entertainment: the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, and its cousin Segerstrom Hall opera house. This 360-ton hollow structure (built by Richard Serra, a 1939-born American minimalist artist) consists of five plates of German made corten steel. Fused and shaped like a hexagon, the base is twenty feet in diameter and arches upward into a four feet wide opening. Allowed to naturally oxidize, its rusty colors deepen during sunrise and sunset. Children love to hear their voices echo and reverberate inside its chamber-like base. In 1987, Serra built a similar sculpture in Liverpool Street in London, which he named Fulcrum.