Its a bit like that first stroke or mark with the pencil on the paper. This is the first and shortest of 236 logs that will be placed on the hillsides at DIA. This starts the final phase of this project preceded by a tremendous amount of work and planning by everyone involved.
Indicating the scale of the future Shadow Array at DIA, the structural steel is now in place, waiting to receive the beetle kill logs that have been bleaching in the sun for a year.
Legendary JL of the National Music Centre in Calgary, giving my prototype for the Solar Drones a test drive
St. Patricks well, and its helical passages.
Like many of my projects, the Shadow Array required us to figure out how to uniquely handle, build, and assemble the logs efficiently and with a level of control to meet my desired outcome. The size of these logs and the scale of the Shadow Array required a very different mindset than is typical with most sculptural commissions.
Im fortunate to have such a great group of people contributing there skills and experience to my project, and to be located where there is such a highly qualified and motivated community to work with.
The shadow array will be in complete less than a year from now. This is one of several video vignettes that will follow the project and provide a bit of background on what is going to be my largest work yet.
Working at a scale this large, Ive navigated a balanced path of honoring a core idea and allowing the necessity of technology and the unknown to play their role.
I have been commissioned to create a new work for the Denver International Airport and it's South Terminal Project. This is a preview of what I will be installing in 2015. The entire sculpture will consist of about 250 Spruce logs (beetle-kill) from Southern Colorado.