Public & Private Commissions

Staller has been creating public and private works for over 30 years in the USA and abroad. Today, Staller’s artwork can be seen and experienced in public and private spaces throughout the world.

In the 1990s, Staller accepted the first of several large-scale public and private commissions in the United States and abroad. In the early 1990s, Staller was commissioned to create AngelVision (1993), a giant lighted kaleidoscope, for the Butterworth Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The serene stained-glass contrasts with the more whimsical aura of an ever-changing kaleidoscope, while the entire structure seems to hang in mid-air. Some say it looks like a gigantic child’s top spinning slowly on its axis. Others call it a multicolored wheel of light and shapes. Whatever your impression, it’s sure to take your breath away.”

Staller’s first major corporate commission outside of the United States came in the late 1990s, when he was asked to create a permanent sculpture for the International Marketplace in Osaka, Japan.

With a $2 million budget and a 6-story high atrium space to work in, Staller’s creation is an interactive combination of sculptural, mechanical, and electronic technologies. Metamorphosis, is a slow-moving theatrical sculpture inspired by Japanese gardens. During its 40-minute program are stylized interpretations of several elements in nature: a waterfall, a volcanic eruption of a ball of rocks, revealing a telescoping 30’ stalk that blossoms into a large fabric flower; and a giant sea anemone that descends from the ceiling. From beginning to end, Metamorphosis engages the viewer with its metaphor of life, death and rebirth.

With the success of Metamorphosis, Staller was commissioned by the Matsushita Investment and Development Co. to create the Magic Garden for Twin 21 Plaza. The artwork consists of 16 domed artworks, each 6’ (2m) in diameter, incorporating a wide variety of mechanical and lighted effects.

Magic Garden – Osaka, Japan

Shortly thereafter, Staller was invited by the city of Amsterdam (2005–2010) to be an ‘artist-in-residence.’ During his residency, Staller created several permanent installations in Amsterdam and the surrounding locales. These large-scale works, inspired by life in Holland, included Staller’s Fishing For Compliments installed in a former Amsterdam train signal tower, Media Molens (molens is Dutch for windmill), a triad of contemporary ‘windmills’ mounted on the auditorium ceiling at Media Plaza in Utrecht, and a multi-channel media installation, WaterWonderWall, previously located in the lobby of Tauw BV, Deventer.

Public and private commissions comprise a large body of Staller’s artwork in the United States and abroad. In 2014, after returning to the United States with his Dutch filmmaker wife and daughter, Staller was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create Spirogyrate, interactive kinetic light sculpture for the children’s play area of Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Currently residing in San Francisco, Staller’s practice continues to combine technological wonder with creative whimsy to fuel human connection and interaction.

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