Peter has been hard at work building the prototype armature for NEB's bowling alley theme work. This is the first of more than thirty similar pieces. Peter will craft the armatures for the vertical and horizontal beam beams tomorrow. By the end of the week the sculpted concrete work will be finished on these first pieces setting the tone and style for the many others to follow. It is going to be a very large and fun project!
While Peter and I were in Denver the crew kept themselves very busy. The pirate's train engine is coming along nicely and the detail throughout is superb! They are now down to the trim and In another couple days it will be time to begin the painting process.
Our first large theme project was almost 30 years ago. I was asked to create a large archway which would be the grand entrance to what was planned as the Pacific Rim Artisan Village. The arch structure was about thirty-eight feet tall and about sixty feet wide. It was a massive undertaking for someone who had never done such a project before. I enthusiastically accepted the job even though I had no idea of how we would be able to pull it off. But as always, with the help of family and friends the seemingly impossible job was done. Amazingly, we would complete the project on schedule, in just over thirty days. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. The arch stands proud to this day. This turned out to be the project that taught me much about welded structural steel structures and sculpting a thin concrete decorative shell over them. Sadly, the Pacific Rim Artisan Village project never was completed but that valuable experience propelled me to an exciting and challenging way to make a living.