The Grand Vista, a 125-apartment complex in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, caters largely to members of the movie industry. Grand Vista asked ARTBOX Construction Inc., North Hollywood, Calif., to design and build a unique landscape feature for the luxury apartment complex. The resulting illuminated wire-mesh waterfall links tenants to Studio City’s star-studded past by doubling as a projection screen for multi-media entertainment. Woven wire mesh from Banker Wire, Mukwonago, Wis., created the delicate curtain of water that is both a tranquil landscape feature and a canvas for airing movies and video.
The M13Z-247 mesh used for the installation is composed of long, straight sections of horizontally oriented wire, woven together with tight groupings of three vertically oriented wires. Translucent when not in use as a projection screen, the mesh-and-water rectangle filters natural light, serves as a backdrop for evening lights and creates the relaxing sound of rain. The stainless steel mesh holds up to ongoing use, and is composed of 80-85 percent post-consumer and 12–18 percent pre-consumer recycled steel. The installation incorporates low-voltage electricity, high-efficiency equipment and recycled water, increasing sustainability and decreasing ongoing costs.