Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Origin" Updates

The project for Meridian City Hall is moving along... this one has definitely involved a lot of planning & designing in the pre-fabrication stage. Last week, Kevin spent hours on the computer laying out the cut files for our first round on the water-jet. We submitted files yesterday for the main sculptural elements--all the steel, brass & copper pieces. There were lots of details to work out; thickness of material, how they will be joined together, pieces had fit on the cut area of the water-jet table & fit standard sheets of material, hardware & joining processes & some of the larger pieces had to be broken down to fit through the front doors of city hall...

Next we will submit files for the attachment plates, the center-pipe, & the plumb-bob. Hopefully we will have everything back & ready to assemble in mid-March. If we have planned it all out correctly, the pieces should go together like a puzzle. Crossing my fingers, anyway....




I managed to score some perfect lenses this week too; I got a message from the Reuseum that he had some that just arrived, & I rushed down the next day; they are 5 inches in diameter & practically new!!! Perfect! These will go into the piece that looks kinda like a sextant; one on each side to magnify the scale. I will also be adding some smaller lenses to the plumb-bob: more on that later....




And, we met with the Pro. Land Surveyors of Idaho; gave a brief overview of the project & asked if they might be interested in donating some cool surveying artifacts to the project. It turns out, the big state conference is next month, & they are doing a re-dedication of Initial Point---interesting how closely it ties in with my project.... They invited me to come to the conference & present the project in front of about 300 Professional Surveyors from around the state! OMG: I'm a bit nervous about that, but I'll do my best... They also gave me a replica of the marker that is out at Initial Point to use in the alcove art, & agreed to put the world out for cool artifacts. Check out this article in the Boise Weekly for the details on the Initial Point Dedication: a very cool write-up last week...
Since the meeting, I got word that we will be receiving quite a few really cool pieces to use!! We also met with Clint at Land Solutions: they did the surveying for the City Hall property. He has volunteered to come in & give us the exact coordinates of the center of the art piece when it's done. A very cool detail to add in somewhere; I'm very excited that so many people are getting involved! The support for this project has been amazing!

That's all for now; check back soon for updates :)

Amber