Interwoven: Installed!

Interwoven – INSTALLED!

Ran down to Little Rock on Sunday/Monday with Interwoven in tow. Stayed with new friends Mike and Marty, then got up Tuesday morning and bolted it down to the base. As usual, the City Parks crew were a huge help, and have become some of the best art handlers/installers in the country. I love the bridge as a backdrop: the piece was at least partially inspired by the multiple bridges across the Arkansas river, and their riveted, industrial aura.

See below for some more photos:

Interwoven.

Interwoven is finished
Interwoven: Done!

After five long months of work through the winter, Interwoven is finally done. Very happy little metal monkey over here. So pleased, in fact, that I composed a wee poem for the occasion:

Interwoven
Unseen fabric
Warp of Time
Weft of Space
The tapestry of connection
Between me and everything
Nexus
Node to node
Emergent consciousness
Synapse
And Synecdoche 

Hydrogen becoming
Humanity
A Universe evolving
Eyes
with which to see
Itself

Below are some additional images documenting the final stages of the assembly:

Weaving Interwoven: The Beginning.

Now that I’ve bent some tabs, the actual assembly can start. First steps are to figure out which part goes where; I’ve employed a letter-plus-number system cut right into the metal to try to simplify this process. Seems to be working OK, but ascertaining “front” and “back” on a form without them is somewhat problematic.  It’s just a matter of playing “who’s your neighbor” and keeping track of those relationships. I divided the form up into 13 “modules” consisting of the sheetmetal surrounding each hole. Beyond planning, the actual assembly is aided by the use of these little doodads called “Clecos,” which are spring-loaded temporary rivets that hold things in position until actual rivets can be added. Pneumatic riveter for the win. (I “love” “using” “quotes,” apparently.)