I'm currently working on my largest and most complex design to date: "Overcome" for Little Rock, Arkansas. Below is a rendering of the 3d design in Solidworks.
And here is a gallery of my progress over the last few weeks:
Anchoring Plate - 3/8" Stainless. ^
1/4" Stainless Parts. Just some of the over 2,000 pounds of stainless steel that make up this thing. ^
Assembling the Platforms. Each of the arrow-like uprights gets one of these welded to it's base. ^
Hinge System Test. When the entire assembled piece is too big to haul in one piece - divide and conquer! Each upright will be hinged to the anchor plate and tilted up into position on site. ^
Hinge System Test 2; Making sure everyone fits...
...and properly pivots on it's hinges. ^
First upright underway. Tacking together the 14 gauge parts that make up the first upright. ^
More upright progress. ^
Bolt pocket. Each upright bolts to a central ring to add structural rigidity. ^
Anchor Ring. The central ring, with integral 1/2" Hex Nuts. 10 Gauge stainless. ^
Upright is, uh… Upright! ^
Tacking the upright into position on the platform. ^
Weld, weld, weld. Grind grind grind. Swirl swirl swirl. Stack stack stack. ^
Joining the halves. Time to make one anchor plate out of two halves.
It Works! Hey Mikey! Three uprights fit into place, with the anchor ring in place. ^
Testing the Tilt-Up concept ^
Barad-Dur! Not really Sauron’s tower. Just a giraffe’s-eye view of the sculpture so far. ^