Splash! Sculpture in the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center Aquatic Facility features pinta acoustic's SONEX Rondo Baffles

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pinta acoustic's SONEX Rondo Baffles were installed in an aquatic facility as part of a program that incorporates art into the community.

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January 22, 2013

Holly Jo Anderson
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Splash! Sculpture in the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center Aquatic Facility features pinta acoustic’s SONEX® Rondo Baffles

The Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center Aquatic Facility, Miami Gardens, Fla., offers aquatic fitness classes and swimming lessons where participants need to hear and understand instruction. Acoustical issues—common in most indoor pools—were addressed with a unique sculpture titled Splash!, which features 972 variously colored pinta acoustic SONEX® Rondo Baffles.

The unprecedented sculpture was commissioned as part of the City of Miami Gardens’ Art in Public Places Program—a program that aims to bring art into the community. Artist Xavier Cortada originally envisioned a design composed of scattered pool noodles to resemble a splash of water up on the ceiling. Shaped like pool noodles, SONEX Rondo cylindrical baffles are designed to reduce reverberation and echo within indoor pools and other loud, noisy spaces.

“The public-art commission required the artist to create a piece that would add vibrancy and address the sound issue in the indoor swimming pool,” says Cortada. “I chose SONEX Rondo Baffles because the products are made from expanded-melamine willtec® acoustic foam, a material that offers excellent sound absorption and naturally resembles pool noodles.”

“Prior to the installation, we did some acoustical testing. The entire pool area was an echo chamber. After the installation of Splash!, the effect was so audibly noticeable there was no need to do a post test,” says Cortada.

Class 1 fire-rated, SONEX Rondo Baffles absorb sound across all frequencies, which in turn prevent noise build up that interferes with speech intelligibility. pinta acoustic ‘s willtec acoustic foam baffles are resistant to fungal and microbial growth and can withstand humid conditions characteristic of indoor swimming pools.

Vertical or horizontal applications are possible and provide design flexibility. SONEX Rondo, cylindrical Baffles are available in standard 24-inch (610 mm) lengths with 6-inch (152 mm) diameters or custom size. Rondo baffles used in the Splash! sculpture were 48 inches (1219 mm) long by 3 inches (76 mm) in diameter. SONEX Rondo Baffles are lightweight and easy to install with cork-screw hangers. pinta acoustic offers baffle products in natural white, light-grey, HPC standard and custom colors.

The SONEX Rondo Baffles were individually suspended from stretched cables within custom made aluminum frames suspended below an exposed metal roof deck. Each SONEX Rondo was hung at a predetermined height to simulate an overall, three-dimensional sound wave effect.
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About pinta acoustic, inc
pinta acoustic, inc. manufactures a broad range of architectural acoustic wall and ceiling panels, specialty clouds, baffles and other acoustical products for commercial and industrial applications, including SONEX® Rondo, Linear Absorbers, Valueline, One, Clean, Classic and Mini willtec®-based baffles, wall and ceiling panels; CONTOUR® HARMONI, FABRITEC and WHITELINE® willtec-based wall and ceiling panels; SQUARELINE® Expanded Metal, BIOLINE® Recycled Wood, PHONSTOP™ 100-percent recycled glass wall and ceiling panels; WHISPERWAVE™ specialty shape clouds and ribbons; BALANCE clouds and wall panels; SONEX AFS acoustic plaster finish wall and ceiling systems.

About the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center and the City of Miami Gardens
The Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center in Miami Gardens, Fla. features an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness center, dance studios, classrooms, art and computer laboratories, an auditorium, banquet rooms and an athletic complex. The center provides swimming lessons, water aerobics, fitness classes and personal training, as well as youth, adult and senior programs.

Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003 as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. With a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working- and middle-class community of diverse people. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in Florida with also many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The city hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™ and Super Bowl XLIV™. To learn more about the City of Miami Gardens, go to http://www.miamigardens-fl.gov.

About the artist Xavier Cortada
Xavier Cortada, the Miami-based artist who created Splash!, has collaborated with groups internationally and produced eco-art projects globally, such as environmental works in Holland, Québec and Latvia, peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, and the official International AIDS Conference murals in Geneva and South Africa. Throughout his career, Cortada has focused on integrating nature into his art and has even created art installations at the earth’s north and south poles. Cortada has been commissioned to create art for the White House, World Bank, Florida Supreme Court, and Museum of Florida History as well as the Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum and Frost Museum. His work has been televised on the National Geographic and Discovery Channels.

Cortada currently serves as an artist-in-residence and heads the Office of Engaged Creativity at Florida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts. http://www.xaviercortada.com

Editor’s note: pinta acoustic, inc. prefers lowercase spelling of its entire name and willtec. Super Bowl and Pro Bowl are trademarks of the National Football League.

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