The Seed

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The Seed

Here is the winner for my new commission. It will be 14 foot tall by 7'ish wide at the top. Made out of 16ga and maybe some 18ga for the upper portion just to keep the weight down.

I have to install in three sections on top of a ten foot tall building inside of another building. Only have a door that opens to 7ft tall by 5ft wide. So no crane in the building.

Should be a lot of fun making this one. Might even have to buy some more toys I mean tools.

Thanks for all the kind words, it's a real exciting time in my life rignt now.


eligius1427's picture

Hi Kevin, the sculpture

Hi Kevin, the sculpture looks great. Sounds like a bit of an engineering/install challenge with only the one door. I'm sure it would be much easier to build it in one piece and then have them crane it up, but it wouldn't be any fun if it was easy. I'm curious to see your solutions. What will the finish be on the sculpture? I like it the way it is, but I'm always partial to the raw metal look.

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


kevincaron's picture

Thanks Jake.The art council

Thanks Jake.

The art council is looking at powdercoating it some earthy color. They are willing to listen so we will be talking color later in the project.

As for intalling the piece,,,, The city says not a problem, they have things for this type of job. Just have to wait on this part I guess. I will be building it with "I have to haul this up a ladder by myself" outlook on size and weight. The mounting and bolting togeather will also be a one person design. The largest piece should only weigh in about 100 to 125 lbs. We also have an I-beam right overhead. The problem is it is about 25 to 30 ft up.

I hope to not need a rigging company but I do have a number to a good one here in town, so that is always the last resort.


SteelyJan's picture

Wow Kevin!

nice design...I would love to see another angle . this shot is a little hard to see the details on the smaller piece. I could see this as a mixed natural steel + organic colored smaller piece....love it...wow!


kevincaron's picture

The Seed (head on)

Hi SJ

Here is the seed head on. It was an earlier shot. I made the base thicker, (about 3/4 inch) and it has a coat of primer now. This is only 18 inchs tall.

What did you have in mind for the organic part????? I love to learn other stuff. This is "The Seed" (head on)The Seed (head on): This is "The Seed" (head on)


QuiQue's picture

Congratulations Kevin! It's

Congratulations Kevin! It's really nice to have a larger commission which will give you the ability for new toys. When is the installation scheduled for? Have you worked with committees and public sculptures in the past? You do have a contract and payment schedule for this project, right?


kevincaron's picture

Hi QQ It sure was a great

Hi QQ

It sure was a great time last night. It has been a long (far as I am concerned) time comimng with this one. I really think I will not have to get anymore toys/tools for this one. (Can't believe I typed that!!)

The Art Council is giving me 18 months to build this so I have a little breathing room yet. I have worked with committees both public and private before. I also have 6 other public pieces out there, just not this big. I am just waiting for the paperwork and the check to show up before I get started on this. Thank you for asking though.


Chuck Girard's picture

Hi Kevin, The piece looks

Hi Kevin,
The piece looks great, can't wait to see it!
If that is the seed of your new found Success I can't wait to see the Bean Stock!
Awesome!

Chuck


kevincaron's picture

Hi Chuck; Oh God,, is this

Hi Chuck;

Oh God,, is this the sprouting of a branch off thread of nothing but plant jokes???????

thanks and you can see the stock. You just have to clear the weeds out of the way first.

k


NELSON's picture

Hi kevin; glad you won that

Hi kevin; glad you won that commission, it`s always nice to get that sort of work, very exciting in fact. I like the design. Would tell us a bit about what inspired you to make SEED? Great, and hope it will sprout into many other proyects for you! nelson.


kevincaron's picture

Hi Nelson; Thanks for the

Hi Nelson;

Thanks for the kind words. This design is reflecting the growth and life of the town itself. The seed is the crops that have been grown in the area for many years. The back is representing the canals that feed the fields. The area where the building sits was crop land. The city has been a farming community all along.

The design was done with CAD first and then I made the model.


Frank Castiglione's picture

Big Seed

Hi Kevin,
Your sculpture is nice. I see why it was chosen.Keep us all up to date as you create the full size piece.
Frank


kevincaron's picture

Thanks Frank; I will keep

Thanks Frank;

I will keep everyone posted (no pun intended) on my work. You can also come out to my website and see how things are growing. This will be my largest piece so far, by about 2 feet. It will be a great learning experience. I have been going over the whole process in my head for two days now. Trying to see all the steps and see any flaws or problems before I even order my steel. That is why I am sitting in front of the computer at 3:00am instead of in bed.

I am not worried or anything, just preproject "what abouts"


SteelyJan's picture

The Seed

I hope you don't mind a suggestion regarding your sculpture...but as I posted before ..I think it would be nice to contrast the seed by coloration and texture therefore it would pop out from the back piece. I really love it and can't wait to watch it grow....with admiration....SteelyJan


kevincaron's picture

I am always open to

 Here is a CAD photo of The Seed in place. The parking lot is outside the windows. They look to the south so lots of sun in the winter. The building it sits on is the admin. office.     I have to lift the piece up 10 ft. to place it up there. You will see it from outside and on the running track (where this photo was taken).     The front door is just to the lower right of the photo. It only opens to 5ft 2 inchs and is 7 ft tall. It's going to be fun getting this up here!The Seed in place (sort of): Here is a CAD photo of The Seed in place. The parking lot is outside the windows. They look to the south so lots of sun in the winter. The building it sits on is the admin. office. I have to lift the piece up 10 ft. to place it up there. You will see it from outside and on the running track (where this photo was taken). The front door is just to the lower right of the photo. It only opens to 5ft 2 inchs and is 7 ft tall. It's going to be fun getting this up here!I am always open to suggestions, comments, pats on the back, belly rubs (no wait) and any other way I can learn from others. The Art Commission and I were talking about two different colors instead of one. I (hopefully) have attached a photo of the location so everyone can see where I am going to install this.

Please never stop offering help Jan, that is what this board is for and why I keep coming back.

Thank you.