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Apple’s Jony Ive Designs Rainbow Stage In Headquarters In Honor Of Steve Jobs
By Mikelle Leow, 10 May 2019
Image via Felix Mizioznikov / Shutterstock.com
The late Steve Job’s design philosophy lives on in Apple Park, with its theater even being named after him. Now, he has also inspired the design of a stage in the tech giant’s main building.
Drone footage captured by Duncan Sinfield, digital producer at Bay Area news network KTVU, shows a new rainbow arch that has popped up in the middle of Apple Park’s giant “ring.” Apple fans soon went abuzz over it, wondering how and why the mysterious structure has appeared.
Since then, Apple news site Cult of Mac has gotten hold of an article from the company’s internal website AppleWeb, and it turns out that the multi-arch rainbow stage was conceptualized by Apple’s chief designer Jony Ive and his team. The arch was specifically created for a celebration dedicated to Jobs on 17 May.
The grand arch is the result of months of work by Ive, Apple employees, events specialist TAIT and engineering company Stageco. The colorful piece and its metal skeleton are made up of 25,000 parts, and 30 unique machined components were required to put together the foundation of the arch.
The setup comprises six aluminum curves that have been smoothed out throughout a 12-day period. To create that quintessentially Apple sheen, the six parts are coated with polycarbonate and a UV-resistant layer that protects them from losing their color under the Californian sun.
In the internal memo, Ive detailed that the arch’s colors were drawn from Apple’s retro rainbow logo. In addition, the rainbow is “a positive and joyful” symbol of “some of our inclusive values.”
He added that the team took to this concept “so immediately and so profoundly” mainly due to its silhouette. “A semi-circle relates so beautifully and naturally to the form of the ring,” he said.
The spaces between the six arches allow the stage’s colors to reflect and bounce around differently throughout the day. Further, the structure is designed as 3D, rather than flat, so that it can be enjoyed from all angles.
The stage was made to be set up and taken down when needed, and is expected to be dismantled after the 17 May event, though there’s a likelihood of it being brought back due to the thought put into the project.
[via AppleInsider, video via Duncan Sinfield, images via various sources]
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