gardenblock

Outdoor, environmental, CorTen sculpture for the UNT Mean Green Fund

Year: 2018

gardenblock is an site-inspired sculpture made for the UNT Mean Green Fund and UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. Inspired by natural patterns found at the UNT Community Garden, gardenblock serves as a beacon of sustainability and community, especially within the arts. To celebrate the opening of gardenblock, a pop-up show and gallery was created, full harvest.

I worked with artist Kirsten Angerbauer as one of two studio assistants, focusing on the digital fabrication aspect of the piece, as well as branding and logistics for gardenblock and full harvest.

Process

Plans for the gardenblock started with Angerbauer’s proposal for a site-specific structure at the UNT Community Garden. After dealing with standard bureaucracy and red tape, construction of the piece started in October 2018.  Made with CorTen steel, side panels for the gardenblock were to be plasma cut with a chewed leaf patterned found by Angerbauer at the garden (the original planned site for the sculpture). However, due to lack of proper planning in the new UNT College of Visual Arts and Design building, the plasma cutter necessary for most of the panels was unavailable when the project started and so a portion of the panels had to be fabricated offsite. All metal pieces for bracket joints and for accompanying benches were able to be produced in-house.

Initial laser-cut model
Raw plasma cut panels

The structure was all designed modularly, as no time frame was given in terms of how long the sculpture will stay up. Angerbauer designed custom frame and bracket pieces that were plasma cut and welded together. The final sculpture sits on a prepared concrete slab but it is all bolted together.

Frame fully completed
Center structure joint
Panel installation

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