Artist Andy Vogt was translating his woodworking techniques to a different material: bronze. With Andy, we were asked to create a patina process that let him simultaneously view the entirety of the unfinished sculpture, and access individual pieces for detailed patina application and eventual clear coating. We designed an adaptable system, using an angled support structure with pockets to hold each element of the 45 ft. long artwork – ensuring accurate orientation and spacing of each piece through to finishing and assembly.
Scale and customization were the main challenges in this project. We created a 46’ x 12’ support wall to hold the 400 pieces of bronze that arrived from another fabricator. This wall allowed the artist to see the entire shape of the sculpture, and facilitated access to each element via a rolling scaffold. Given the complexity and weight of the final piece, we also designed and built custom pallets for safe transportation and installation.