This year I was incredibly fortunate to make a new close friend who also happens to be a timelapse artist of the highest caliber. He created an amazing video of the installation of the Main St. gates. I still have two years to go on this project and the next two are even larger construction-wise than this year, but it feels wonderful to now have something to show for my 600+ hours of work.
We are working to have an accredited program up there next year and I am looking for 2 student interns for a 6 week commitment to the project for class credit. So if you know any hard working young men or women who might be interested in creating something that will be of value to a community for generations to come. Please put us in touch! If they like to work in wood, metal or historic artifacts that’s a definite plus!
This video is the process timelapse of the creation of the pieces that were then installed in the video shot by Luke McKinney of McKinneyMakesMedia.
As you can see it has been a mammoth project! At the end of a 60 mile dirt road, I had to not only coordinate business owners, town politics, sharing of critical machines, materials delivery, artifact donation, and general project management. At the same time I had to create a design that lended itself to flexibility, interactivity, safety, and resiliency yet maintained the cohesive vision for the park and stayed within budget.
There were a lot of firsts involved. Including jumping on the excavator and digging out the 5x5x6foot deep holes required for the concrete footers to hold our giant 4×6″x18foot square tube “posts.”
So excited to have at least two more years on this project!
This is the sculpture that I created for Cirko Teleskoptico. An amazing interactive and immersive show at the intersection of cirque, dance, technology, and storytelling.
I built the model in Sketchup in about 3.5 hours and then fabricated it over at MakerPlace in San Diego with help from my buddy down there Miguel Aguilar and the whole crew of helpful people at the shop.
The piece is a sculptural armature that holds a Harmonograph. A harmonograph is a rad old machine invented in the mid 1900’s that has two stacked pendulums (this one is based on Goold’s Twin Elliptic Pendulum). The machine creates different patterns (spirograph style) by varying the frequency and phase of the pendulums relative to one another. Basically it draws interesting patterns based on how you push and maneuver the pendulums. Then you get to walk away with the “vibration” that you just created. All I know is that it is fun whether you are 5 years old or 45 years old.
The music on this video is from a cat that I met at a house party who said he was a producer. I checked out his work, dug it and asked if I could use a piece. He kicked me the album and it’s awesome! Check out more Sassan!
This was a commissioned custom media cabinet for a close friend of mine. He had a specific layout that he was going for, but also wanted a piece that was made from both wood and steel.
The trick parts were the routering out of the side angles and the top design. Happy with how it turned out and it’s always fun to go over to a friends place and see your work living a life of its own.
Here is the timelapse for the fabrication of the actual physical sculpture.
I was camped out at MakerPlace, SD for a week or so putting this together. So grateful for the help from Miguel and the helpful staff there at the shop.
You can see the laptop on the welding table all over the place here. It was wild to be pulling all my dimensions and angles from the 3d CAD model that I had created. That was actually the most efficient method, but it was a first for me. The piece turned out great so I see that happening again.
It took it’s first spin in the public eye at CirkoTeleskoptico’s Symposium show at the end of July ’15. They were such an incredible and talented team of visionaries collected for that project! I am absolutely excited for the next time we get to work together. The creative freedom and inspiration and courage was an amazing wave to be a part of. I’m always looking and listening for any project like this where there is so much learning, growing and experimenting together!
It’s always fun when an old project shows up again or is commissioned in a new way!
This one was for a figurative heart sculpture based on a much smaller version that I had done back in 2010 or so.
It was cool to scale it up a bit and it was so interesting to come back to this process that I started making other pieces in the same style. I’m excited to get those finished and shown in 2016!