Well, this is what has been keeping Tammy and I quite busy for the last month. We are working with Banner art studio on a art installation for the Indianapolis Zoo. It is a sizable project that has to be done on deadline for their upcoming butterfly exhibit. The project is comprised of (6) sixteen foot tall “tree” or branch structures each with (2) eight foot butterfly’s perched atop, and then another eleven butterfly’s perched all over the outside of the building. All of the structures, are made of TIG welded stainless steel and all of the coverings are made of sewn fabrics (not printed) of differing weights and colors to create a translucent illuminating effect in sunlight. For a vision of the project see: bannerart.com/zoo-butterfly-work-continues-outdoor-exhibit/
Our part of the project is, of course the stainless fabrication. The work is surprisingly much like bike fabrication:
A pile of “trees” getting ready for freight to Indianapolis. Those are 3/4″ thick base plates with gussets, they will not fall down!
Anyone smell slightly cooked fingers? It is fun sometimes to turn up the amps, but I must admit this much of it has worn on me some. Running 200amps for eight hours straight, day after day…..I’ll take the delicate stuff any day. Fortunately what is left to do at this point is relatively light duty…. kinda like head tube top-tube junctions and chain-stays….I tell myself.