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Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Dana Point, CA
Strategic Hotels


Beautifully situated atop a 150-foot bluff with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is an elegant coastal retreat that recently called upon Brad Oldham Int’l, Inc. (BOI) to help renovated its dining and lobby areas. Guests entering the hotel immediately notice the ocean hues mixed with plum and silver to create a graceful “Ritz-Carlton” look and feel. However, the dining area needed a visual break from the rest of the lobby while maintaining the open, ocean-view feel. BOI worked with Strategic Hotels to create a sculptural wall inspired by the sea kelp forest native to that part of the Pacific Ocean.

The 8 foot tall, 60 foot long sculpture was created in three sections of aluminum, steel, hand-blown glass, and LED lights. The -inch aluminum sheets were hand cut into organic sea kelp shapes; hand building each piece helped create unique movement. The aluminum “sea kelp” blades had 5/8-inch aluminum tubes snaking through them to add physical structure and intrigue. Three colors of hand-blown glass pods were incorporated throughout the sculpture to catch light and provide an artistic nod to the reflections and refractions of the Pacific Ocean. The BOI artisans built a -inch aluminum base to house the 120 3-watt LED lights shinning up onto the sea kelp forest. The entire sculpture is well lit, using 60 watts of power.

The careful engineering and planning of the sculpture provided for a straightforward installation. Since the sculpture was first built in the company’s Dallas studio, many assembly and installation issues were addressed before the three-man team arrived in California.