Exocubic Studio

”Course,” one of the 3 sculptures I did for Art in Public Places here Fort Collins. Dramatic light courtesy of Colorado Sunsets, Inc.

Shots from the Veterans’ Memorial I did for the City of Paramount, California.

Aaaaaand the ash shovel. A$$ shove all? Now for the rack to hang 'em on…

#throwbackthursday to installing "Crop," last of three main artworks for the Lincoln Corridor project here in Fort Collins.

#tbt to that day Thor -almost- got me. Working on "Water & Power" in Loveland, CO.

Interwoven. Installed.

Interwoven: Installed!

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Interwoven - INSTALLED!

Ran down to Little Rock on Sunday/Monday with Interwoven in tow. Stayed with new friends Mike and Marty, then got up Tuesday morning and bolted it down to the base. As usual, the City Parks crew were a huge help, and have become some of the best art handlers/installers in the country. I love the bridge as a backdrop: the piece was at least partially inspired by the multiple bridges across the Arkansas river, and their riveted, industrial aura.

See below for some more photos:

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Smoke, Bollard Artwork, and Being Done.

Had a chance to take some photos while the area was under the influence of smoke from forest fires throughout the west. Weird, lovely light.

Crop smokey

Construct smokey

Course smokey

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It took a while for the stone parts of the bollards to get finished up, but once they were in I added on the stainless artwork. Lots of drilling and epoxy, but it was a gorgeous day for it.

Course bollard

Bollard trio

Crop and crop

Course bollard in front of Construct

Bollards at Odell Brewing

Bike racks

Construct beauty shot

A big thanks to everyone involved in this project. It was a real honor to have the opportunity to enhance my home base of Fort Collins, Colorado. I hope you've all enjoyed going along for the ride.

Making Terralogue Totems: Delivery and Installation.

The bike racks, delivered and waiting for install.

Bike racks on pallets

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Unloading the pallets full of bike racks.

Ofloading the racks

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"Course" install - These little telescoping forklifts are so much fun. And handy.

Course install

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"Construct" install - Bam!

Construct install

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"Crop" install - First one of the set. Went in without a hitch.

Crop install

Overcome.

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“Overcome” installed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

“We are not afraid, we are not afraid. We are not afraid today. Deep in my heart I do believe. We shall overcome someday.”

On September 25th, 1957, nine brave schoolchildren walked into Central High School and became symbols for a nation. They symbolized the righteous striving for equality and justice that continues to this day. I have chosen to refer symbolically to this event in my sculpture “Overcome” to honor both these students and what they represent to us all as a society and a culture. Nine shapes begin, caged by a lattice of injustice and segregation. They rise up and come together, and, leaning upon their collective strength, break their bonds to soar free. Each form is an arrow pointing skyward in continued aspiration for the greater good and an indication that more is yet to be done.

 

Here’s some shots of the installation.

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Off to a great start.

We had to postpone the installation a day. Pretty hard to proceed without the anchor bolts needed to hold the whole thing together.

 
Fixed.
Fixed.

Hey look, anchor bolts!

 
First Upright is... Upright.
First Upright is… Upright.

The City of Little Rock’s Parks crew has worked with us for over a decade and have become expert sculpture wranglers. Jessy and Anthony bust their asses with us the whole day - Thanks, guys!

 
Craning in Number 2.
Craning in Number 2.

TaDa.

 
More Uprights in place.
More Uprights in place.

Getting closer.

 
Uprights finished.
Uprights finished.

Really elated that the whole hinging and anchoring system worked flawlessly.

 
Unwrap.
Unwrap.

Removed most of the protective film from the uprights. Time to start riveting!

 
"Floating" Hexes
“Floating” Hexes

Riveting the hexagons that span between uprights into place.

 
FINIS
FINIS

It all worked. Careful planning and accurate computer modeling equals a successful outcome. So psyched!

 
A little distance...
A little distance…

Pulled back a bit for this shot. The base cone will be eased a bit and plantings added to hide the junction between concrete and artwork.

 
Wide shot.
Wide shot.

We had tons of people driving by and commenting. One woman stopped her car in traffic to get a photo. It belongs to you now, Little Rock!

 
Beautiful day to "Overcome."
Beautiful day to “Overcome.”

Blue sky, fluffy clouds, and stainless steel.

 

Below are some more photos from the fabrication process.

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Update

A few of the things I’ve been up to since my last posty.The Rotary Wheel is installed in the Rotary Plaza in Little Rock.

The Rotary Wheel is installed in the Rotary Plaza in Little Rock.And so is the Mockingbird Shade at the Children's Hospital in the same city.

And so is the Mockingbird Shade at the Children’s Hospital in the same city.

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WaterMusic is brightening up Jen and Scott’s beautiful new home!

Donor Mandala Installed

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Donor Mandala at FCMOD

It was a long time coming, but the Donor Mandala has been installed at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Installation.

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Loaded the Through the Looking Glass piece onto the trailer and hauled it to its home in Little Rock last weekend. The installation went flawlessly; good thing, as we had a surprise (to me anyway) dedication and press event 3 hours ofter we got the thing in place. Impromptu speechifying is not my strong suit, but damn them torpedoes, dog.


Below are some images of the whole shebang.

Trailered up and tied down.
Trailered up and tied down.
 
Hoisting it off.
Hoisting it off.

Rigging a shape like this is about as simple as it gets.

 
Ta-da.
Ta-da.

View from the river side, with the flat hexes reflecting the sky just like I wanted.

 
Arkansas River, Through the Looking Glass.
Arkansas River, Through the Looking Glass.

The City did a great job on the site landscaping; the view courtesy of mother nature.

 
Artsy.
Artsy.

Dutch angle FTW.

 
Speech.
Speech.

Errrm, uhh, reflections… and stuff. Derp.

 
The Man.
The Man.

Dr. Dean Kumpuris, the heart and soul of Little Rock. Thanks for all you do, Dean.

 
Patrons ROCK.
Patrons ROCK.

Yours truly with one of the chief donors, Kay.

 
Moving into place.
Moving into place.

We trimmed the trees a bit with the forks, but nothing bad happened.

 
Onto the footing.
Onto the footing.

I’d sent out an anchoring plate with bolts in place to avoid the usual pain of drilling and epoxying. Worked great.