The ‘Double Diver’ is a monumental patinated bronze sculpture soaring 26 feet high into the Sunnyvale sky. It is located on NetApp’s campus in Silicon Valley.
The gravity-defying bronze sculpture is both a remarkable artwork and an incredible feat of engineering. Composed of two monumental divers connected at a tenuous junction (the top figure rests its hands around the ankles of the lower diver) the sculpture’s dynamic “S” curve is revealed from its dramatic side views. The form is a perfect example of what eighteenth-century art theorist William Hogarth called ‘the line of beauty’: that curving serpentine silhouette found in all things naturally beautiful. Within the bronze is a substantial stainless steel matrix that anchors the 2 1/2 tons of bronze. But for the viewer, the mystery remains of how the huge, graceful piece stands on the two six inch wrists and hands of the lower figure.
Carole Feuerman was enthusiastic about the Double Diver commission from the beginning. “This is my first public piece in Silicon Valley. I loved working for a tech giant! The sculpture really helped me push the boundaries of what I can do. I think this is the most important artwork I have created in my career!”
Artist: Carole A. Feuerman
Foundry & Client: Bollinger Atelier
Commissioned by: NetApp, a FORTUNE 500 technology company