proposal for a sculpture on a traffic circle – University of Texas at El Paso

information – project narrative

Project narrative should describe how the proposed design complements and enhances the site's identity and use;
I have subdivided the project narrative into different categories which can be reached from the links to the left: the location, my views, form and movement and metamorphosis

Section I. FABRICATION and PRODUCTION – Describe the materials and processes used in fabrication of the work(s) and the plans for production including site engineering, transportation, and installation;
The sculpture will be constructed by welding rolled lengths of stainless steel pipe sections together. Diameter of the pipe sections - 219mm, with a material thickness varying between 6,3" and 2,7".
Two sections will have been rolled to a diameter of approximately 5000 millimeters (16.4 feet); and one length (the top connection between the curved elements) will remain straight, 7071 millimeters (23.2 feet). The surface of the curved pipes will gleam in the sunlight. After welding and bending and the initial grinding of the pipes, they will be finished with a fine disk-sander, applying strokes parallel to the axis of the pipe.

Section II. DIMENSIONS – This section may include the approximate dimensions; however, the commissioned artist must verify all dimensions prior to the commencement of work;
The dimensions of the sculpture – based on the measurements above – will be 7071 millimeters (23.2 feet) X 5000 millimeters (16.4 feet) X 3535 millimeters (11.6 feet).

The dimensions of the concrete foundation are about 3 X 3 meters (9.84' X 9.84',) 40cm (1.31') thick

Section III. MAINTENANCE – Description of anticipated maintenance requirements for the proposed work(s) of art, including but not limited to instructions regarding cleaning of materials, routine maintenance procedures, and methods and instructions for minimizing the effects of weathering and other risks of damage;
Minimal maintenance will be necessary. Stainless steel is not effected by weathering. Sand and dust can of course collect on all surfaces in this part of the world. Stainless steel can be cleaned with soapy water and rinsed with water. For more difficult to remove material a high pressure cleaner can be used. Although the comparatively thin linear form of the sculpture is not interesting for graffiti application, there are graffiti paint removers available.

Section IV. PROJECT TIMELINE – This section should include a detailed timeline for design development, engineering, fabrication, site preparation, delivery, shipping, and installation;
Between the Issuance of the contract on March 15, 2010 and the completion & Installation of project on August 1, 2010 there are four and a half months available for the engineering, production, transport and installation of the sculpture. See the timeline-project planning sheet - pdf. It has been translated by me from the timeline which was made for me by Segno d'Arte with which people I have been working for almost thirty years.

Section V. INFRASTRUCTURE – Identify any infrastructure needs and site preparation considerations;
A concrete foundation has to be made on the site. It is best this could be done in combination with the activities of the construction of the traffic circle. For the rest a half day to a day will be necessary for the installation.

With electricity going to be provided on the site, it could be possible to light the sculpture from fixtures made flush with ground level.



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