Installation is complete on "Radiance", a public art project for El Paso Airport's Conrac facility. RE:site (Norman Lee and Shane Allbrittoon) Artists. Metalab provided design optimization and project managment services. Steel canopy was fabricated by Star Precision and the dichroic acrylic pieces were made by Graphtec. They were hung from the canopy with ball chain pre-cut to specific lengths.
Radiance is ready for installation. We've tested a 1/4 section and added more dichroic acrylic pieces to the composition. Going up in May 2016!
We are working with Brave Architects on the design development and fabrication documents for a tower in Liberty, Texas to house a 1:1 replica of the original Liberty Bell. It was cast in the 1960's by the original foundary and a tower that was built for it in 1976 was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. The tower will be fabricated in two main subassemblies so the the bell can be installed on the ground and lifted into place on to of the base.
Another project with Matthew Geller, Artist for the Myrtle Ave corridor. A giant manhole cover with cast glass skylights of different colors is held up by 3 columns with cast iron details. The assembly is made of corten steel and will be made in Houston and shipped to NYC for installation later this year. Merge Studios is the fabricator.
We had a great time preparing for the submission and participating in the exhibition and presentation of our "Riverboat" project for the competition in San Antonio. The team from Metalab all attended and assisted with getting the design in the spotlight. The only hitch was a last minute dead battery powering the LED in the model. Channel 12 was there to cover the event. What an experience!
We recently completed this installation with RE:Site (Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee) at Hobby Airport in the new international arrivals baggage claim area. The 6' x 70' glass covered vitrine contains memorabilia from the history of the airport starting in 1910 to the present. The steel casework conceals a linear array of LED that animate colors to convey the passing of time and enlighten the experience of waiting for one's bag.
We test fit all eight pie shaped sections of the canopy for Radiance. It will be installed at El Paso airport early next year. Star Precision Manufacturing provided digital fabrication and assembly. Merge Studios to provide installation support.
The Nautical Swing for Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment in San Francisco is substantially complete a Blumenthal Sheet Metal in Houston, TX. The main structure and bench are fully assembled and tack welded together. The project requires third-party weld inspection per California requirements. The foundation template has been sent to SF and installation is expected for October. Images by Matthew Geller.
We worked with UH Campus Art and Athletics on the Bill Yeoman Legends Plaza at UH TDECU Stadium. The plaza is dedicated to outstanding athletes and the history of the UH football program. Our system of walls with removable text panels that can provide additional space for names in the future were digitally fabricated from our files with Crow Corporation providing CNC laser and fabrication assembly.
The 2015 July/August Texas Architect Magazine features "Seed, Trees, People", a project that Metalab completed for the Hermann Park Conservancy in collaboration with artist Randy Twaddle. Set within the context of other "Small Stuff" architecture projects, the series of three, sequentially sized curvilinear benches carved from solid block of limestone allow for "far greater experimentation in form, materials, and construction methods." Link to the article online.