Doris Sung architect

Doris Sung is an artist and professor of architecture at USC.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is set to unveil a new sculpture by a USC architecture professor on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Architect and artist Doris Sung, a Rolling Hills resident, unveils her sculpture, entitled “Fuller,” at 3 p.m. at the botanic garden, located in Palos Verdes.

“Fuller” is a sphere made of many parts; it weighs about 450 pounds and is nine feet in diameter.  Sung created it from 180 pieces of composite metal and 420 pieces of aluminum. All of it is heated to a certain temperature so that they fit into place with interlocking shapes that allow the sphere to hold.

“My pursuit has been to make provocative objects and spaces with dynamic surfaces and to inspire others to think differently about architecture,” Sung said.

The material, she said, can also be used to craft eco-friendly buildings that react to high temperatures by shifting to create internal shade.

The theme, shape and color of the sculpture reference the Earth and the Garden’s mission of sustainability.

The sculpture's title, Sung said, is a tribute to Buckminster Fuller, a 20th century architect known for his popularization of the geodesic sphere.  Like Sung, Fuller tested new materials and shapes for higher efficiencies in architectural design and theory.

The sculpture was commissioned and funded by SCBG Foundation Trustee Marilyn Long and the Long Family Foundation, a private nonprofit organization that supports religious, educational, cultural and research endeavors.

“Fuller” will be installed in the Garden's Mediterranean garden as part of a celebration and dedication that’s open to the public. Admission to the garden is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with school ID. More information, including the address is available on the botanic garden's website.

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