Stuart Allen | public projects
Stuart Allen is an artist whose work deals with fundamental elements of perception such as light, time, gravity and space. He has shown photographs, kites and sculpture in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is found in many private and public collections including the Tokyo Kite Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the DiRosa Art Preserve, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and U.S. Embassy collections in Canada, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Georgia. Allen has completed permanent public art commissions for the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada and the Police Headquarters building in Davis, CA. His work has been published in a variety of books and journals including: Picturing California’s Other Landscape: the Great Central Valley, Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, You Are Here: the Journal of Creative Geography, Zyzzyva and Artweek. Allen has lectured or served as a visiting artist at many fine institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Weisman Art Museum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a number of university art departments nationwide. Allen studied architecture at Kansas University and graduated from the photography and video department of the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. He lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Kelly Lyons, their daughter Aidan and son Vincent. Allen is represented by the following galleries: PDNB, Dallas, TX; JayJay, Sacramento, CA; Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, Australia; Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO.
Stuart Allen, artist, photographer, sculptor, public art, kite, kite maker, art consultant, Jayjay, haw contemporary, pdnb gallery, science and art
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public projects

Confluence Park Receives AIA Honor Award

Confluence Park has received the prestigious AIA Honor Award for 2019. Stuart Allen served as project manager for the Park for eight years, walking the design through multiple iterations and ultimately overseeing the construction of this remarkable public space. READ MORE

Chalk it up 2017

Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw (Bridge Projects) were the featured artists for Artpace‘s Chalk it Up 2017. They created an interactive city and invited the public to draw on the buildings, shape their plot, and add features to the “Calcium Carbonopolis” urban plan.

Paper Cloud Installation

Paper Cloud is an installation of 140 unique paper lights. The project was initially created as a temporary installation for the 2017 AIA San Antonio Beaux Arts Ball at the Light Building in San Antonio, TX. It was a collaborative endeavor, constructed by more than 70 individuals. Over the course of eight workshops, more than 800 person hours went into its construction and installation.

The project is coordinated and executed by Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw (Bridge Projects).

Kite Table Fabrication

Fabrication of The Kite Table underway, a new public project for the redevelopment of Hemisfair Park in San Antonio.

New Installation

37° 48′ 29″ N ~ 96° 52′ 52″ W, 2010
pvc coated polyester, stainless steel, laminated ash and cherry
each piece: 14′ 3″ x 6′ 1″ x 5′ 4″, overall: approx. 24′ x 24′ x 10′
permanent installation: Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas

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San Antonio Riverwalk installation

29° 25´ 57˝ N / 98° 29´ 13˝ W and 29° 26′ 00″ N / 98° 29′ 07″ W, 2009
stainless steel tubing, stainless steel mesh, powder-coating
each 40′ x 45′ x 10′

These are permanent pieces on the San Antonio Riverwalk, commissioned by the San Antonio River Foundation in 2008, installed in 2009. The work consists of suspended, stainless steel panels – each enclosing five layers of woven, architectural mesh. The three inner layers of mesh are treated with a powder-coated color. As visitors move by the installations on foot, bicycle or riverboat, the panels change color due to the viewer’s shifting perspective. The project’s 24-color palette was selected from photographs taken along the San Antonio River by my kids, Aidan and Vincent (4 1/2 and 1 1/2 when the snapshots were made).

For more information and photographs of the finished piece you can view the work here. More installation and fabrication photographs can be viewed here.

New Installation

This is a permanent installation in a hospital lobby, the Kaiser Permanente Women and Children’s Center in Roseville, California.

Each suspended piece is 6’7″ x 4’9″ x 2′ 2″. They are hanging from a single piece of 1/16″ stainless cable and a low-friction swivel, so they rotate with the interior air currents of the room. The lobby is approximately 25′ x 25′ x 25′.

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30 Minutes of Air

New Kite Installation for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

30 Minutes of Air:
30 box kites, each 398 cubic inches, the approximate volume of air I breath in one minute at rest
2008, sailcloth, fiberglass, string