what will the project look like?
The Civic Center area will be made more intelligible by introducing
monumental sculptural elements composed of curved lines which define the space
of the Civic Center. They will occupy ground level as well as scale some of the
where it will be located?
The sculptural elements will be located so that they will be visible when on Colfax and Fourteenth Avenues from lines of sight which cross these Avenues.
See the spot plan for suggested possible locations.
The main sculpture will be located on the Plaza with both 'legs' on either side
of the passage reserved for vehicles (street).
what materials will be used?
Stainless steel will be the material for the sculptural constructions.
Concrete will be used for the foundations which have to be made in the ground.
how it will be fabricated?
Various diameters of pipe will be rolled into curves with varying radii and
varying lengths. They will be connected to form sculptural constructions by
welding. The surface will be ground lengthwise to gleam in the sunlight. See
below for more.
how it will be installed?
The transportable sculptures will be constructed in the workshop; the larger
works will be assembled on location.
how it will be engineered?
By a structural engineering firm which is knowledgeable about wind loading , tip
over forces, and other factors. I have a few firms with whom I work in Europe
and I know some in the United States.
how it will be maintained?
For the most part wind and rain will keep the material clean. Since the shape
and surface of the
pipes is unattractive for graffiti 'artists', defacement will be kept to a
minimum; and in case anything does happen, it can easily be removed without
damaging the material.
a detailed spec budget?
The final design will also depend on various factors of
can say from experience though, that compared to monumental sculptures of which I can
show examples, the Justice Plaza sculpture can cost between seven hundred thousand and
seven hundred fifty thousand dollars.
The various smaller elements vary from twenty to one hundred thousand dollars each.
These estimates are all-in, by an engineering and fabrication company with
which I have worked since 1977. Their estimate email to me for the plaza
sculpture, which would have diameters of sixty six and fifty three feet:
"stainless steel 316
Average plate thickness 8 mm (average)
Pipe diameter 500 mm circa , welded type.
Total 194 meters pipe ( three quarter circles)
Total 30 meter pipe (for the connection).
Foundation plates (2) including knees 4000 kg
Weight pipe (section) 12.500 kg
concrete foundation (2)
Costs construction drawings & calculations .