Public sculpture coming to Apple Park Visitor Center next year invites you to tour the world’s deserts

Apple Park Visitor Center is the perfect place for a photo walk, and soon visitors will discover a totally new environment to capture and experience. Apple has commissioned artist Katie Paterson and studio Zeller & Moye to create a permanent public sculpture for the visitor center titled Mirage.

Constructed entirely from pure cast glass, Mirage will bring a global experience to Cupertino. Sand collected from deserts across the world will be melted down into over 400 cylinders and arranged in wave-like forms that mimic a desert dune. According to Paterson, Mirage will contain sand from “subtropical deserts, coastal, rain-shadow, interior, mountainous, volcanic and fossilized deserts.”

Paterson’s sculptural world tour will be located in the Swan Hill Olive tree grove at the north entrance to Apple Park Visitor Center. The grove runs parallel to N Tantau Avenue and connects to the visitor center parking garage with publicly accessible walking trails. Construction will be completed in 2022.

The goal of the installation is to create an unexpected gathering place that blends art, architecture, science, and nature. Referencing the sculpture’s name, the glass forms will melt into the landscape like a desert mirage as they wind through the trees. Visitors interacting with the artwork will move through the deserts of the world from east to west.

Apple Park Mirage Sculpture
Apple Park Mirage Sculpture
Apple Park Mirage Sculpture
Photos: Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye

Katie Paterson is a Scottish artist whose projects “consider our place on Earth in the context of geological time and change.” Paterson’s work has been exhibited internationally and often employs sophisticated technology to create human connections. Zeller & Moye, partner in the project, is a global architecture studio that has designed projects ranging from furniture to large cultural buildings. The studio’s working method of extensive experimentation articulates “meaningful proposals for the contemporary world.” Paterson and Zeller & Moye were selected after a targeted global search for artists conducted by Artsource Consulting.

Apple Park Mirage Sculpture
Mirage will be installed in the olive grove adjacent to Apple Park Visitor Center.

In addition to the upcoming art installation, Apple Park Visitor Center features a Roof Terrace with views of Apple Park and a Cafe, both of which have reopened following public health closures in 2020. When available, the Apple Park Visitor Center Store offers opportunities to learn iPhone photography from Apple Creative Pros in some of the best free Today at Apple sessions offered at any Apple Store in the world.

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