This shouldn’t take long, 2016, Seattle Center, copper, 17’ x 9’ x 8’, Commissioned by Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle, Washington.
120 feet of 1″ copper refrigeration tubing and 70 feet of rigid copper pipe. Total weight about 75 lbs. I love copper based metals for their sensitivity, integrity and color
We bent the coils into shape using iron bars for leverage and drilled holes for the rungs on a drill press. Here, it is suspended from ceiling to keep it from collapsing. Concrete pouring tube in center of sculpture to gauge how the ladder would relate to wrapping around column
After getting the overall shape, we soldered the rungs for stability and cut the tubing into sections, so that on site, it could be fitted around column and bolted together
Union riggers at Seattle Center were amazing. Here, they’re hoisting the mostly assembled sculpture into place. Installation took 6 hours
Riggers using crane to add stainless steel stabilizer cable and to suspend final 12′ stretch of ladder from rooftop and attach it to rest of sculpture
And last but not least, a reminder from my favorite (non-union) studio assistant, that there’s always room for play in the process of making art
Night view of sculpture with Space Needle in background