Stile di Famiglia

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Hi all, here is some picts and info on the fork sculpture which got installed at the beginning of may.

Stile di Famiglia (Family Style)

After being short listed for this sculpture call in the Towns Little Italy development in Omaha NE, we were asked to come up with proposals that were distinctly Italian and represented the feel for the neighborhood, which seemed very fun, friendly, and in some ways close to each other, much like a family. I kept coming back to the idea of a big Italian family sitting around a table eating dinner, everyone talking about their life or how their week went, laughing and enjoying the company.

With this in mind I went down to one of our local Italian restaurants for some research/inspiration and as I was eating my favorite pasta dish there I looked down and caught myself twirling my pasta around my fork and instantly knew that this would make a fun and dynamic sculpture that would represent both the Italian heritage and the playfulness of the neighborhood as well as pay homage to the Italian restaurant that used to occupy the lot.

During the design phase, I kept thinking that “Bon Appetit” would be a great name for the sculpture. I imagined looking down a table of friends enjoying a meal together and saying “Enjoy, have a great evening!”, but that wasn’t going to fly since it is French so I started looking for an Italian phrase that conveyed the same idea. I finally decided on “Stile di Famiglia” or “Family Style” which is in reference to a restaurant serving style where food is served to guests in the same way you would at a big family dinner. I feel it represents the vibe of both the neighborhood and sculpture wonderfully and gives a nice nod to the Italian heritage in both the language and meaning.

The fork consists of a 304 Stainless Steel structure made from 3/8" plate and heavy tubing sheathed with 14ga 304 stainless steel sheet metal. The spaghetti is 1-1/2" sched 40 304 stainless steel pipe formed using a JD squared tubing bender. We put a brushed finish on the fork and had the spaghetti sandblasted for contrast.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE

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Frank Castiglione's picture

Mangia

Hi Jake,
You made me hungry! As Mamma Grande would say to us "Mangia", eat,eat...
Your sculpture is wonderful.
Frank


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Frank Jake

Thanks Frank

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


visitor's picture

outstanding

Jake that is one heck of a sculpture! I will have to drive by and check it out up close.


eligius1427's picture

Thanks, it looks better up

Thanks, it looks better up close. Let me know what you think.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Stephen Fitz-Gerald's picture

pasketti

Stephen Fitz-Gerald
Damn Jake,that's great!
I especially like the noodles,in context next to the fork it really reads well as spaghetti.
Claes Oldenburg,eat your heart out...


don johnson's picture

Jake, I think you went the

Jake, I think you went the extra mile to putting yourself as a customer and thinking what should work. The sculpture clearly suggests that. A job well done. Maybe a little more sauce on the spaghetti?

I can only emagine working on that scale.

Don


Daedalus's picture

Just pasta?

What,no meatballs?

Great work Jake.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.


visitor's picture

Thanks Daedalus. As I think

Thanks Daedalus. As I think I replied to Rich, originally there was talk of meatballs, just not enough room or budget. Would have been fun though.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Daedalus's picture

After seeing the finished piece

I can imagine that if anybody can make a high quality stainless steel meatball on a larger than life scale it would be you,Jake!
That pasta is just incredible.I`ve spent enough hours wrestling both stainless and tubing to know how tough that was to pull off to where it looks right.This really does.
Much respect for both your talent and craftsmanship.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Don, Although

Thanks Don, Although sometimes too much input can be counter productive, I find getting feedback from the neighborhood during the design phase often times leads to good results.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


dowpat's picture

Fantastic job!

I just did my first bent tubing job; it was just a large simple bend in mild steel. I do not envy you having to do what you did so tight around the fork and in stainless no less. I hope the customer and the town’s people realize what a great job you have done.

Pat


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Dowpat, That bender i

Thanks Dowpat, That bender i used rocked and after a little practice it was pretty easy to calculate where to put the bend.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


visitor's picture

Congrats, Jake. Looks

Congrats, Jake.
Looks WONDERFUL installed. I'm sure it will become a local landmark. I can hear em now.........I'll meet ya by the FORK in the road.

Bill Roberts


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Bill, funny enough I

Thanks Bill, funny enough I almost named it that.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


marilyn's picture

The spaghetti is remarkable!

The spaghetti is remarkable! Great job of translating a starch into metal.

marilyn


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Marilyn! Jake Jake

Thanks Marilyn!

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Rich Waugh's picture

Really cool job, Jake! That

Really cool job, Jake! That thing is destined to become a landmark. Not much more you can ask of a public piece than that, is there? Congratulations on a great concept and a masterful execution.

How long d'ya think before some wit (or half thereof) decides to add a large meatball?

Rich


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Rich, I was

Thanks Rich, I was considering a meatball and a spoon at the beginning of the design phase, but the plot of land that it was going on was very small and between that and the budget it just wasn't feasible. I thought it would have been a neat contrast to have the brushed stainless fork, blasted stainless spaghetti, and rusting steel meatball. There's always next time, lol.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Lynda Metcalfe's picture

Very cool work

Awesome piece Jake, very dynamic - thanks for mentioning the name of the tube bender and the specs on the pipe too - did you bend the pipe cold or hot?


visitor's picture

I love it! Well

I love it! Well proportioned. Would love to see it in person!
Fred


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Lynda, The pipe was

Thanks Lynda, The pipe was bent cold. Bending it was kind of creepy at first, i thought the bender pins would break but it just muscled through it.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


strube1369's picture

Stile di Famiglia

Jake,
Once again ya make me proud to live in Lincoln!

Professional firefighter (retired). Amateur everything else I try to do...


SteelyJan's picture

Awesome Piece Jake!!!

well, Jake, you are a crowd pleaser...great piece, concept,design and execution
I'm sure you are headed to # 1 sculptor in Lincoln....You must be proud...I can't imagine one negative comment one this...Love the fork in the road line...hahahahahahah...SteelyJan


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Janet! This was a

Thanks Janet! This was a fun one.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Strube, so you live

Thanks Strube, so you live in Lincoln? Do you have a shop here?

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Jamie Santellano's picture

Jake, The sculpture is

Jake,

The sculpture is amazing! Good luck with all your work! :-)

Jamie Santellano


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Jamie! Jake Jake

Thanks Jamie!

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


eligius1427's picture

Sorry all for the late

Sorry all for the late replies. I was having some issues with my computer.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


visitor's picture

GREAT piece! Fantastic!!!!

GREAT piece! Fantastic!!!!


warren's picture

Great

Jake, just catching up, I had some problems with the computer too. Any how that really came out great.

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warren