AEROSAIL is a Sculpture designed for the City of White Bear Lake, and was built in collaboration with James Brenner. The site—where sailboats were built and designed in the early 1900s by John O. Johnson—was redeveloped as the BoatWorks Commons with both public and private spaces, including apartments, a restaurant, community space and a parking ramp.
Built of stainless steel, this sculpture is inspired by the history of sailing, boat building, and the mathematics of fluid dynamics. Considering the ideas and methods of construction of boat hulls, this work uses ruled surface geometry as a formal language, and is a representatation of the swirling forms found in fluid dynamics of water flowing by the a hull and wind spinning off of the sail of a boat. At a site where innovations transformed the history of inland sailing, this work remembers the past and looks forward to the future.