This piece explores sign-butilding techniques, metal fabrication, aging and patinas and development of iconography. I set out to create a recogni… Read More
This piece explores sign-butilding techniques, metal fabrication, aging and patinas and development of iconography. I set out to create a recognizable, timeless symbol that anyone could have a relationship with. Read Less
I started the sculpture with a template. I also mapped out where I was going to place electronic components.
I placed the template on a sheet of steel and cut it out with a plasma cutter. I then cut strips of steel to build the sides. The sides were welded with a 1" back spacing to hide electronics behind the back.
Roughly measuring out wiring and fixtures.
I painted the sign with a white primer and a few layers of brushed-on, loosely mixed paint. I then sanded, scraped, scratched and applied layers of iron oxide to rust and patina the finish. This was a challenging but fun part of the process!
Hung in my studio, it really grabbed attention.
Cord, switch and post connecting the lower section from the upper section.