The sculpture by Jesse Lott with heavy lifting by Blumenthal is complete and installed next to the light rail line on Scott St. The layering of engineered pipe assembly making up the "bones" and Jesse's additional "visera" made from thin wall stainless tube was well integrated into the final work.
At Griggs and MLK on the SE Metrorail line in Houston
The three sculptural signs from Paul Kittelson have been installed at the Magnolia station on the East End MetroRail line on Harrisburg at Wayside. The three assemblies of extreme way-finding where developed with an algorithm that sorted name lengths, directions and distances and packed the signs into a close arrangement while avoiding self-intersection. When the trains pass by the signs will become urban scaled wind chimes. Merge Studios fabricated and installed the signs with shop fabrication drawings and full-scale alignment templates provided by Metalab. The columns are festooned with unique weathervanes designed by the artist and fabricated out of stainless steel with iconography representing Houston, Texas and the World. We worked for Houston Rapid Transit who are building all the lightrail extensions in Houston with great support from Sara Kellner as the public art administrator.
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.