Archive for the ‘process’ Category

Lowering the WTC I-beam into place on the 9/11 Memorial Sculpture

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The second hand is complete, and that means we can lower the WTC I-beam into place on this sculpture now. Here is a time-lapse video of that process: first craning the 500-pound I-beam into the hands, then welding it directly to the hand sculptures for a permanent attachment.

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Now that’s some shiny public art! Just got the first of the two hand sculptures back from electropolishing, and it’s looking good with all the surfaces and welds all shined up to a nearly mirror finish! Love how it reflects the surrounding environment.

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9-11 memorial hand sculpture, polished

Moving the 9/11 Memorial hand sculpture

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Thought this view of the hand being moved around in the shop looked interesting, and decided to share it:

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flying hand sculpture

Work on the 9/11 Memorial continues…

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Work continues on the 9/11 Memorial sculpture. This public art is requiring a massive investment of labor, each of the nearly 3000 parts requiring custom fitting to the overall shape. Below is a photo of the progress and a video showing one of the parts being fit.

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9-11 memorial fabrication

Ripple sculpture – complete!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Video and stills of Heath Satow Sculpture’s latest  public art piece, titled  “Ripple”.

Aluminum and granite, twenty feet wide by six feet tall.

Inspired by Karesansui (“Zen”) gardens, combining the directional “combing” of patterns with ripples emanating from three mirror-polished black granite spheres. 240 panels make up the surface illusion, each 3/8″ thick aluminum (sanded sides, polished edges) set at a 45-degree angle to the wall.

Time-lapse video of the installation:


ripple sculpture

ripple sculpture

ripple sculpture

ripple sculpture

ripple sculpture

9/11 Memorial Progression

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Work is continuing on the 9/11 Memorial sculpture. Lots and lots of parts for this public art…

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9/11 Memorial: cutting the beam

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Currently we’re in the process of making a 9/11 Memorial Sculpture, and I have a section of an I-beam from the World Trade Center. It’s sobering to look at this thing and think about the fact that this was a strong, straight beam prior to the attacks of 9/11/2001. Part of the process of making this public sculpture involved turning the one length of beam into three: we have a fourteen-foot long section of I-beam, and need one ten-foot section for the sculpture itself, then two smaller sections that will be used for indoor displays about 9/11.

I made a short time-lapse video of the process mostly using a camera we recently set up in the studio to document the progress of sculpture projects. It’s less than two minutes long, but covers the entire process of cutting and slightly smoothing the raw edges (so they won’t cut anyone that touches the beam):

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May I brag a little?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

If I do say so myself, this sculpture is starting to look really sexy. I can’t wait to get it all installed. Check out the video below to see how the light plays across the surface:

Super-secret mounting system

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The mounting system for installing this sculpture is ready. Now they just need a light coat of flat black paint. This photo is of a bunch of them all stacked up, and yes, it’s confusing when you see it like this — suffice it to say, though, that even though you’ll never see these parts once the installation of this public art is complete, they are vital to holding it all together, and every little detail has been worked out. Since you’ll never see this part, why am I showing a photo of them all stacked together here? Well, because I thought it looked cool. 🙂

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One last teaser

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This sculpture installation should be happening in the coming couple of weeks, as soon as the building construction is far enough along for us to come in and install this art. So for now, maybe just one more teaser…