Fabrication drawings for Nautical Swing with Matthew Geller to be installed at Hunters Point Shipyard have been completed. Looking forward to this one finally getting off the server in 2014!
We finally have the opportunity to collaborate on a bridge design or at least half a bridge. With Matthew Geller we are providing a cantilevered structure with viewing platform next to a hiking trail and over a ravine to be installed in North Carolina. The project is called Greenway Blueway Byway Skyway. The primary components have been assembled by Iron Access in Houston, the same fabricator who assembled the parts for Tumbling House. We'll be installing this at the site in mid-December.
Radiance at El Paso Airport Design Development drawings
Another HRT sculpture, this one for Floyd Newsum, is being fabricated at Blumenthal Sheet metal. Metalab reverse engineered the artist's model and rationalized the internal structure to allow horizontal structural plates to remain level as CNC cut parts project outward to produce the dynamic form of the columns. Pyramids are being fabricated as separate units to be placed on the main assembly once it is installed.
We've been working on three different sculptures to be installed on the new East End and SE lines on the new Metrorail expansion. Working for Houston Rapid Transit and Sara Kellner, Public Art Coordinator, Metalab is providing design optimization, fabrication coordination and managment of the works by created by Houston artists. Jesse Lott is known for his work with found materials assembled into beautiful constructions. This his largest work to date is based on a small sculpture that arrived in our office of hand bent wire with glass beads ornaments. It was our role to scale the work up to a size that would resonate with the area's high concentration of vehicular traffic along with the presence of the light rail. By working with Ingenium Engineers we divised a system of formed stainless steel pipe that could be engineered for structural stability that would form the "bones" on the sculpture fabricated by professional welder and the artist would provide the "skin" materials from their bricolage of found materials. Blumenthal Sheet Metal in Houston are providing the turnkey fabrication and installation services with Metalab authoring the digital files for fabrication. The work will be sited at Scott St. and Elgin St. near the University of Houston campus and the Third Ward community.
This two acre dry-mesic to dry mixed loblolly pine-hardwood Forest also contained containing an intermittent ravine (the ecological association was not classified) is located one fourth of a mile west-northwest of Buffalo Bayou. Cherry laurel, elephant ear and arrowvine were eradicated, except for the cherry laurel seed bank, over a nine month period. From the U.S. National Vegetation Classification, the reference forest used was the West Gulf Coastal Plain Dry Loblolly Pine – Hardwood Forest. The dominant species in the upper strata include Loblolly pine, southern red oak, black hickory with flowering dogwood, farkleberry dominants existing in the sub-canopy. We built in age related dominant species to develop replacements for the absent upper canopy tree growth, as well as 12 other woody and herbaceous species from this Association that have been determined to naturally occur in the associated ecosystem.
Project examples of aforemented restoration projects and green roof installations at Green Building Resource Center from Applied Habitats
It was a nice day for some fall colors...
Installation is complete on the Market Kiosks at Greater East End Navigation Blvd Esplanade. Great work by Armando Arteaga (Metalab designer and PM), Merge Studios and Campo Sheet Metal.
It was a working dog and pony show yesterday on the Navigation Esplanade in the Greater East End of Houston. Installation was going on while the cameras were rolling from ABC13, The Chronicle, Swamplot and Culture Map. Work by artists Gary Sweeney (Faux Bois anchor and benches) and Anthony Schumate (letter-form benches, bike racks and bus stops) was placed along with Mercado Picado Kiosks, Ringo LED lights and solar generators. Thank you to the Greater East End, our enlightened clients, and The Art Guys (Lead Artist). To be completed in October.
We recently made the trip to Littlestown, PA (near Gettysburg) to the Philips Hadco manufacturing plant check in on the production of the Ringo light fixtures. The housings units are being sand cast out of aluminum and assembled in the facilty with LED electrical equipment integrated before being boxed up for shipment. The Greater East End will be receiving the exclusive feature of the overhead "string lights" suspended from two pipe outriggers above the disc housing the main luminaire (lights shown are placeholders). These units will be fitted with 16 node LED boards based on photometric data generated for the site making them extra efficienct for the solar powered system to sustain with 3-5 days of battery backup. The lights can be fitted with up to 80 node LED boards for more lumens in future orders.