Written by: Daniel Postellon
Primary Source: Daniel Postellon
My plans changed a bit from the initial proposal, which was to cast iron directly around the granite. See my previous post about cultural resource management, and choosing the stone. I could not have completed this sculpture without the help of my assistants, Sutton Demlong and Justin Playl. Both were highly recommended by Tamsie Ringler.
The dimensions of the arms were changed from 3X6 inches to 4 inches wide. Four inch foam was available for pattern making, and I felt it best to use that, rather than cutting and pasting blocks of foam to make larger blocks.
The ridges were suggested by Carl Billingsley. They added visual weight, as well as stiffening the foam patterns, allowing them to to rammed with a flat side down. Each are was made in 2 sections, with a sliding joint to accommodate shrinkage due to casting.
The size of the ring was adjusted slightly, to make the proportions pleasing.
The lifting ring was re-designed and the foam pattern made by Justin Playl. This became a rounded ring attached to a disk base, with 4 round holes. Pipe was cut to make steel inserts, which were cast into the base to make the holes. Threaded rods passed through these holes, then through oval adjusting holes in the upper arm, and were then anchored to the stone itself.
The lower part of the arms were made so that the oval adjusting hole was hidden behind the round hole in the upper part, and were also bolted to the stone. A piece of duraluminum was wired to the lowest end of the arm, to act as a sacrificial anode.
The foam patterns were fitted to the stone, and adjustments made before casting them in iron.
We used lost foam casting. Here are the molds:
The iron fit the stone fairly well.
The sculpture was taken apart, and transported to the site.
After being constructed there, it was set in concrete, and the site was landscaped.
The sculpture sits at 57.0 degrees North, 22.. degrees East.