A friend suggested that a CalTrans project just might require less coordination than this project. I'll take that as a compliment to my logistical skills. It was a whirlwind week. Between my neurotic polisher, the gruff fabricator and the easy-going metal sprayer, it felt a bit like rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub with yours truly splashing around in the water.
There's nothing so reassuring as a fabricator calling at 7:55 in the morning to say, "You need to come over here." "Okay, what time should I be there?" I ask. "We're waiting on you," is always a comforting reply. Needless to say, I've completed several emergency runs to the East Bay to advise my fabricators. I thought last friday it was worth the investment of several boxes of Bob's donuts to try and grease the wheels so to speak. It seems to have worked. NorCal went right to work on forming the seat (about 75% complete in the image). The base has been coated in copper and is waiting in my garage for the seat to be completed. It's going to be bright for the opening. Then the marine air will quickly patina it.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will pick up the formed seat from NorCal and take it back to the polisher in Hayward for a final spit polish before assembling it...
I want to thank everyone that contributed to the project. I am truly grateful for the generous support. With the successful funding, I've launched into fabrication of the sculpture. Last week, I spent three days grinding and welding, grinding and welding and then just a bit more grinding on the steel base. It is now on its way to Santa Rosa, California to get a copper coating. The stainless steel seat has been cut from 1/4" stainless steel. Yesterday, I picked it up in Oakland and took it to a metal polisher in Fremont. After he finishes with it, then it goes back to Oakland to be rolled into the curvilinear form. Then it's back to Fremont for a final polishing. If all goes well, in two weeks, the seat will slide into a small notch in the front of the base, I'll bolt it together and it will be ready to install. Fingers crossed that I did the math correctly.
For those anxiously awaiting rewards, I am working diligently on them.
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