Public Monument- “It’s Chaos- Be Kind”
Designing, creating, and installing this bold monument will be a journey and will require passionate support to bring it to life!
The first step will be to select and order the blocks cut to the right dimensions from the local mill. I plan to use a Texas limestone quarried in nearby Liberty Hill, Texas, called Cordova Cream. It is a beautiful stone and used in building projects throughout the Central Texas region. Most notably it is the material used on most of the buildings on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
The process of selecting, ordering and taking delivery of the raw stone blocks could take up to 10 weeks.
After getting the material to my shop, it’s time to carve the letters. I’ll be using a technique called v-sink inscription. By inscribing at a steep and consistent angle, the resulting light and shadow serves to illuminate each letter and create maximum legibility. This technique has been used by carvers throughout history and can be seen on buildings from Ancient Rome and beyond.
My twist on the v-sink is to turn a corner with the letters. When I first made the model for this project I decided to carve the word ‘Chaos’ in this manner to underscore the significance of the word. I wasn’t sure however if the legibility would be compromised. I’m happy to report that it wasn’t. In fact, in addition to being extremely legible and yet somewhat disorienting, it has the benefit of highlighting the artistry of letter carving and invites the viewer to see not only the words, but to recognize the sculptural quality of the piece.
After carving comes the installation. Working with the City of Florence, we will decide the best place in the park to put the sculpture. Then, we’ll pour a solid foundation of reinforced concrete with a steel plate embedded to weld the steel tube connection. Using a crane and scaffolding, the separate pieces will be set on top of one another, threading the steel tube to complete the monument.
After the installation, its time for celebration. I hope to see you all there!
Risks and challenges
My optimistic goal is to complete the installation by the end of October 2018. The greatest challenges to meeting this date will be milling time and the installation stages of the project.
Once funded, I will order the stone blocks for the sculpture from the quarry and mill. I have worked with this mill for many years, and they normally maintain a lead time of 6 to 10 weeks.
For installation, the foundation will need to be engineered and an installation crane arranged, mean while the final location needs to be decided upon and approved by the people of Florence and the Florence City Council. Working with city governments can sometimes take longer than expected.
This project will exercise both my artistic muscle and project management skills as I orchestrate the many factors (chaos?) inherent with materializing a dream.
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