February 06, 2017 by Metalab Admin

Radiance complete

October 27, 2016 by Metalab Admin

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 progress

March 31, 2016 by metalab

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!

Radiance Dry Fit

October 28, 2015 by metalab

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.

Radiance Mock-Up Installed

February 10, 2015 by metalab

Radiance is our latest collaboration with artists Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee of RE:site. The elaborate hanging piece is to be installed in the airport in El Paso, Texas, and makes use of the iconography of a mix of the local cultures, translating them into a three-dimensional Mandala. Layered acrylic pieces with a dichroic film in the middle form the physical manifestation of the Mandala, which is mirrored in the supporting structure. Suspended from a steel canopy, the colorful and shifting material of the installation plays in the light, evoking the stunning vibrancy of a southwestern sunset.

This mock-up installation is one-quarter of the final piece, and was installed over the last week at Silver Street Studios. We were fortunate to find a room with a skylight, which is really cool as there will be a skylight over the final piece. Our friends at Merge Studios handled the installation of the steel canopy, and Jesse Meza came in from El Paso to hang all the pieces.

We busted out a new trick as well and shot a photo-sphere of the piece. Take a virtual tour of it!

ELP DD Drawings

November 20, 2013 by metalab

Radiance at El Paso Airport Design Development drawings

El Paso Airport

July 02, 2013 by metalab

We are working with RE:site again on another elaborate hanging piece for the El Paso Airport Conrac facility.  The work uses the iconography from the mix of cultures in El Paso and translates them into a 3-dimensional Mandala made of colored and dichroic CNC cut acrylic to evoke the vibrancy of the sunset.  We'll draw upon our experience in working with ball-chain to hang the components from a steel canopy similar to what we designed and fabricated for Memory Cloud.  DWA, Inc., Building Architect.