It’s been a while since I updated this site, but that’s mostly because I’ve been very busy creating new sculptures! “The Acrobat” What an exciting start to the new year, the installation of a nine-foot tall stainless steel sculpture in Alexandria! “The Acrobat,” was JUST installed today!
The location is at the new “Prince Street Hotel,” a Hilton property just completed by Clarke, CARR, and Rust/Orling at 1620 Prince Street in Alexandria, Virginia. This boutique “garden” hotel is set to open it’s doors on March 3, 2015.
The Acrobat is located in front of the hotel, one block from the busy King Street metro. I test-fit the bronze-coated stainless steel sphere in place yesterday (photo below wrapped in plastic and blue tape) to make sure the install with everyone watching and the quick-cure epoxy grout setting up (tick- tock) while the sculpture dangles from a crane and we are trying to “thread the needle” through several mounting plates -all that, would go quickly, and smoothly. Luckily, other than a little unexpected ice build-up, it did!
Test-fitting the figure for the sculpture, can you tell it’s 12 degrees out?
Just a few final touches. Removing the protective tape from the sphere.
Tah-Dah! completed with temporary anchor cables holding it in position so the wind wouldn’t turn it.
From inside the hotel lounge
To create a balanced sculpture, I made a small-scale flexible figure that had to balance to stand up. It took about 20 minutes of fiddling with it to get it to finally stand on it’s own. I photographed it from every side to aid me later in designing the large one.
This was a valuable tool as the 12 inch tall model was enlared to be an 88 inch figure created from 3/8 to 1 inch thick stainless steel rods that you see in the frame-work armature below.
I’ll post some more final photos of the Acrobat next month after the surrounding area is cleaned up, (and hopefully it’s a lot warmer out!)
I’ve also been busy creating artwork for other clients, including several wall-mounted stainless steel sculptures.
Raindrops: Stream: Reef: A former client moved, and re-installed this in their new home, wow! How perfect!
I adapted this piece for and outdoor install in Florida: Remember check out my project and sculpture galleries for additional photos!