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Monday
Jun222015

The Magical Harp for Jen Lewin Studio

News: The Magical Harp has been nominated for a CODAworx award! There will be a People's Choice award given to the top two projects. Winners wil be announced in August in Interior Design Magazine. Click here to vote!

Photo Courtesy of Jen Lewin Studio

Artist: Jen Lewin Studio
Title: “The Magical Harp”
Materials: Carbon Steel, Catalyzed Paint Coating, Custom LED
Technology Design + Fabrication + Installation: Jen Lewin Studio
Structural Fabrication + Installation: Demiurge LLC
Location: Magical Bridge Playground, Palo Alto, California

Demiurge partnered with Jen Lewin Studio to complete the structural design development, fabrication, and installation of The Magical Harp. This interactive and technology driven design stands over ten feet tall and spans a distance of twenty-one feet. The square tube-like structure was laser cut from ¼” steel plate and fabricated into three separate sections, the two columns and the arch. Fabrication required the design and utilization of a custom jig to align the 24 LED sensor housings as well as adherence to strict tolerances that ensured the high quality of the finished piece.

From Jen Lewin Studio:

The Magical Harp is a permanent, outdoor interactive instrument played by passing your body through the 24 low-voltage diode LEDs that shine from the top of the delicate arch to the ground. Much like plucking the string of a harp, passing through the beams triggers custom circuitry and sensors to produce musical notes. Users play to create an ambiance that is individual to the moment of interaction that reflects the broad idea of play that’s still fun and sophisticated.When crowds flock to it and people start to play independently, the group’s chaotic activity give the piece life, as if everyone is, unknowingly, participating in a musical symphony. Each ‘string’ will mix its own library of sounds to create a depth and tone that compliments the public activity and random or organized play.

Magical Bridge Playground is the nation’s most innovative-inclusive playground, designed and built for visitors of all abilities. Designed to be a socially inclusive playground for children of varying physical and cognitive abilities, the Magical Bridge addresses the unique play needs of the many kinds of children in the community, creating awareness that today’s park designs are overlooking so many: the growing autistic population, visually and hearing impaired, physically limited and even our aging community.Uniting the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley with technology, heart and compassion, Magical Bridge is a new kind of playground. One, where everyone can play. 

Thursday
Jun112015

Coming up: Black Cube

Demiurge is teaming up with Cortney Stell, an independent curator and gallery director based in Denver, Colorado, to transform and convert a used shipping container into “Black Cube”.

Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that operates nomadically. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube exists primarily through partnering with artists to commission pop-up art experiences and Art Objects specifically for our museum shop. At Black Cube, we see ourselves as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage audiences while supporting individual artists with critical professional guidance.

The inaugural Black Cube event will be at Red Rocks on September 30th!

Tuesday
May262015

"Calyx" Completed for Sabri Gokmen


photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Artist: Sabri Gokmen
Title: Calyx
Materials: Mild Steel, Catalyzed Paint Coating
Fabrication/Installation: Demiurge LLC
Engineering: KL&A Structural Engineers
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 

Artist Sabri Gokmen’s 12-foot tall sculpture, Calyx was selected from a pool of international submissions to be the next large-scale public artwork on the University of Rochester’s campus. Demiurge has been working with both Gokmen and the University to fabricate this work which was recently installed in Jackson Court, a heavily trafficked area adjacent to the Sage Art Center on campus.

From Artist:
This sculpture celebrates the coming of a new age where technology, nature and knowledge become intertwined to inspire the creation of a new generation which will drive the University of Rochester forward. The proposal is influenced by venation systems found in nature that not only control the development of various plant forms but also carry nourishment throughout vital organs to maintain life. The dynamic form of the sculpture represents the blossoming of knowledge on Rochester campus, where the study of life and sciences helps create a better society and contributes to the development of human cultivation and achievement. Using this form as a landmark, the sculpture intends to create awareness for the quality of the achievements and the ongoing efforts taking place on campus. The dynamic form of the sculpture will be visible from different approaches as well as other vantage points on campus that will attract visitors to the area.

The form is generated by using computer software that can create self-organizing forms through the interaction of veins that grow and support each other. Starting from the root, the veins shoot upward to search and find each other to create structural joints as well as acquire a final stabilized form. The green-yellow tones used on the sculpture are informed by the notion of plant growth. In order to create a contrast with the surrounding landscape, the sculpture uses tones of green at the base that gradually intensifies towards the crowning yellow top. The pattern and color distribution will reflect and block sunlight throughout the day, creating interesting visual effects for the people that are passing by the junction. The canopying sculpture will not only become a recognizable landmark, but will also offer a gathering space under the intricate shading canopy supported by the structural vein system.

 

Demiurge worked with the design early on, dividing it into seven sections that could be easily transported and installed.

The sculpture is composed of 518 unique laser-cut pieces from four different plate thicknesses.

Each part is labeled and sorted for fabrication.

Starting from the baseplate, each piece is located, measured and tacked into place.

Full welds complete each section structurally.

As preparation for paint, the sculpture is separated and blasted.

Each of Calyx’s six colors are carefully masked and painted with a two-part catalyzed polyurethane coating.

The sections are wrapped, loaded and transported to Rochester.

Each section is offloaded and staged for installation.

photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

The lowermost section is anchored to the concrete foundation.
photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

One at a time, each section is lifted into place and attached.
photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochesterphoto by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Wednesday
Apr152015

From Rendering to Reality

Demiurge has been working with Sabri Gokmen’s to take his conceptual rendering into reality. Fabrication of Calyx has reached it’s mid-point here in the Demiurge studio. The remaining pieces will be assembled, cleaned and painted before being broken down, wrapped and packed for transport to University of Rochester’s Jackson Court.

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Thursday
Mar192015

Projection Wall Fabrication for Yann Kersalé


Projection Wall Fabrication for artist Yann Kersalé from Demiurge LLC on Vimeo.

Demiurge is working with Paris-based artist Yann Kersalé to build and install “Water in all of its states”. Located at the Denver International Airport, this interactive light sculpture utilizes a moving escalator area spanning five stories. During the 90-second journey between levels viewers will see slow-moving video images projected onto a faceted rock-like wall structure fabricated from 1/8" aluminum. This rock-like wall structure measures 23 feet wide, 36 feet tall, has a 10 foot cantilever and covers 1100 square feet of area. Its structure includes 12 solid vertical ribs and 20 horizontal ribs which is then faced with 244 surfaces. Demiurge first fully assembled this massive rock-like wall structure in their shop before separating it into the 24 sections needed for transportation and installation. 

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Monday
Mar092015

Coming Up: "Calyx" - Sabri Gokmen

 

"Calyx" - Rendering courtesy and copyright of artist.Demiurge is thrilled to be working with Sabri Gokmen to build and install his newest public work entitled, Calyx. Calyx will be located in the Jackson Court area on the University of Rochester campus in Rochester, NY. The sculpture will be constructed from over 500 unique, laser-cut segments and joined together using various connection methods.

From Artist:

CALYX celebrates the coming of a new age where technology, nature and knowledge become intertwined to inspire the creation of a new generation which will drive the University of Rochester forward. The proposal is influenced by venation systems found in nature that not only control the development of various plant forms but also carry nourishment throughout vital organs to maintain life. The dynamic form of the sculpture represents the blossoming of knowledge on Rochester campus, where the study of life and sciences helps create a better society and contributes to the development of human cultivation and achievement. Using this form as a landmark, the sculpture intends to create awareness for the quality of the achievements and the ongoing efforts taking place on campus. The dynamic form of the sculpture will be visible from different approaches as well as other vantage points on campus that will attract visitors to the area.

Thursday
Jan222015

Animated Walk Through - Yann Kersalé at Denver International Airport

Fabrication is underway for artist Yann Kersale and AIK Studio’s newest work which will be located at the Denver International Airport. Demiurge produced the following animated rendering to simulate the 90-second journey through the escalator space.  The animated walk through aims to capture the experiential quality of the space, much of which will be defined by AIK’s integration of advanced projection and image mapping techniques, as well a complex composition of mirrored crystalline forms.  Abstract projections inspired by water in all three of its natural forms will be cast onto the nearly forty foot tall aluminum rock wall and then captured and reflected by the series of mirrored crystals on the east and west walls.  The rides up and down through the space offer unique perspectives of this technology driven sculptural piece creating a rich and dynamic experience for travelers to and from DIA’s new public transit terminal.

Thursday
Nov132014

Coming up: "Eclipse" - Jim Campbell

San Francisco based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his ultra low-resolution pieces of video art, has been commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation to create a new public artwork and is working with Demiurge to fabricate and install the piece. 

Artists Rendering

“Eclipse” will be located at Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza), spanning nearly a hundred feet in length and thirty feet high. The overall structure is comprised of a series of stainless steel and polycarbonate elliptical rings, laced with precisely placed LEDs, suspended up to 30' in the air by a series of nine parabolically curved high strength stainless steel columns. Congruent with Campbell's most well known works these LEDs will be used to produce and display low resolution images.

Tuesday
Oct212014

Coming up: Yann Kersalé at Denver International Airport

Paris-based artist Yann Kersalé was selected to create an original video-based art installation as part of the South Terminal Expansion Project at the Denver International Airport. Kersalé is an internationally renowned artist who uses light to bring spaces and buildings to life, and this piece is no exception.

Digital rendering produced by Demiurge

Demiurge is teaming up with Kersalé to fabricate and install an interactive light sculpture that utilizes a moving escalator that slowly raises five stories connecting the Public Transit Center to the Level 5 Plaza. During the 90-second journey between levels viewers will see slow-moving video images projected onto a faceted rock-like wall structure and reflected by smaller crystal-like sculptures on the side walls. Demiurge, Kersalé and his AIK Studios team are working with a number of consultants, collaborators, architects and the Denver International Airport to coordinate and facilitate this work of art.

Tuesday
Sep232014

“Nano” for artist Osman Akan

Project Profile:

Artist: Osman Akan
Title: Nano
Materials: Mild Steel, Catalyzed Paint Coating
Location: SUNY Nanotechnology Center, Marcy, NY
Fabrication/Installation: Demiurge LLC

Demiurge is thrilled to announce the completion of Nano for artist Osman Akan. Demiurge recently installed Nano at the SUNY (State University of New York) Nanotechnology Center on the Marcy, NY campus. The piece references research and intervention on nano-scale structures such as cellular aggregations, viral rNA, and other biological systems. The form was created through extensive collaborative design development with the artist, culminating in a 16’ tall sculpture with 75 individual cells.

Each cell is unique, and the geometry of the sculpture morphs from a hexagonal cells at the base to a mid-section composed of transitional polygons, and finally to the upper portion composed of rotated hexagon cells. In addition to the dynamic cell shapes, the size and structural depth of each aperture are both variable and respond to the structural needs of the sculpture. This creates a structure which is thicker and more monolithic at the base and graduates to a lightweight and delicate tectonic lattice at the top.

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Monday
Sep082014

“With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work In Progress)” for artist Jim Hodges

Project Profile:

Artist: Jim Hodges
Title: With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work In Progress)
Materials: Mirror Polished Stainless Steel, Dichroic Laminated Acrylic
Commissioning Agency: Aspen Art Museum
Fabrication/Installation: Demiurge LLC

Demiurge recently completed a new public art piece for artist Jim Hodges. The piece was commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum in conjunction with the completion of their new building in downtown Aspen, Colorado. Hodges’ piece consists of 7 foot tall letters fabricated from mirror-polish stainless steel and a specialized Dichroic laminate. Each letter weighs several hundred pounds and requires a specially-designed base which allows them to stand upright without touching the delicate facade of the Shigeru Ban-designed building.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Coming Up: "Bloomendaal" - Mark Reigelman

Demiurge is excited to be collaborating with Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelman to produce Bloomendaal, slated for installation in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City as part of a new development by Gotham West. A 15 foot tall geometric abstraction of a blooming flower, Bloomendaal is being fabricated from a mix of stainless and weathering steel, commonly referred to by its trade name CORTEN steel, which is a unique alloy developed to form a stable, long-lasting patina. The majority of the sculpture will be constructed from weathering steel, while stainless will form polished accents on the interior of the sculpture, creating a physical and visual contrast between the two materials.

 

Monday
Jul142014

Coming Up: Jim Hodges

Demiurge is currently working with the Aspen Art Museum and Jim Hodges Studio to fabricate and install his latest public artwork for the August opening of the Aspen Art Museum’s new building. Designed by Hodges, the piece is composed of twenty-seven, mirror-polished stainless steel characters spelling out the phrase, “With Liberty and Justice For All.” The letters utilize a specialized dichroic laminate front face in concert with mirror-polished stainless steel back and sides to lend the art a rich, layered aesthetic that plays off the facade of the Shigeru Ban-designed building. The words will wrap around the East and North facades of the newly constructed building and will be installed for the grand opening at the beginning of next month.

Fabrication at the Demiurge studio is well underway- you can keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook, Instagram and our home page.

Tuesday
Jun032014

“Color Field” Completed for artist Ivan Toth Depeña

Project Profile:
Artist: Ivan Toth Depeña
Title: Color Field
Materials: Mild Steel, Catalyzed Paint, LEDs, Laminated and Tempered Glass
Commissioning Agency: RTD FastTracks
Fabrication/Installation: Demiurge, LLC

Demiurge is excited to announce the completion of Color Field for artist Ivan Toth Depeña. Color Field is located along the RTD West Rail Line at the Federal Center Station in Lakewood, Colorado. Commissioned as part of Denver’s RTD FasTracks transit expansion, the piece casts variegated blocks of color across ramps, stairs and walkways used to access the station.  

The piece is composed of painted steel structure with laminated colored glass panels that have been tempered for safety. Each glass panel is backlit by LED strip lighting, creating an immersive visual experience at night as well as during daytime. Each of the 18 structures was created using algorithmic design software to position the structures and the attached glass panels in the perfect orientation. For Depeña, this process insured that each sculpture and each glass lens was unique yet contributed to the overall vision of the work.

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Thursday
May292014

"In Three Movements" by Spanish artist Sebastián

Demiurge recently re-installed In Three Movements by Spanish artist Sebastián at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Building in central Denver. This installation completes the renovation of the piece which also saw it moved to a new location in front of the building. The piece forms the foundation for the growing Art Park which will be located in front of the building on a triangular plot.

The restoration of this sculpture was a time and resource intensive process undertaken with the utmost of care. Demiurge stripped the sculpture back to bare metal where we found many instances of rust infiltration and cracking and crazing in welds. We repaired the sculpture where necessary and used automotive surface-finishing techniques to ensure that the facets of the sculpture - so important to the “Sensual Geometry” that characterizes Sebastián’s work - were perfectly flat and planar, with crisp edges and well-defined intersections. We then painted the piece with a long-lasting durable paint in Sebastián;s signature bright red, and worked to coordinate the sculpture foundation on site. Demiurge stored the piece briefly while GE Johnson completed the building renovations (which serves as the GSA office in Denver).

Each of the three pieces are carefully craned into place.

Our recent installation completes our role in this job and returns a significant artwork to its rightful place in the Denver community.

Stop by and see it at the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building.

Tuesday
May202014

"Color Field" Installation Time Lapse

Demiurge recently installed “Color Field,” a new, permanent public art installation by artist Ivan Toth Depeña at the Federal Center Station in Lakewood, Colorado. Additional fabrication and installation details are coming soon.

Ivan Toth Depeña : "Color Field" : Installation Time Lapse from Ivan Toth Depeña on Vimeo.

Wednesday
May072014

Fabrication of "Color Field" is Nearing Completion

Demiurge is in the final phases of fabrication for artist, Ivan Toth Depena’s Color Field, which is slated for installation at the Federal Center Light Rail station in Denver, Colorado. Each armature has been wired with up to four LED strips and mounted with hardware to hold the custom colored glass panels, which will be added on site during installation in the coming weeks. 

Monday
Apr142014

Project Update: "Nano"

Demiurge is halfway complete with Nano, a sculpture for artist Osman Akan which will be placed at the SUNY Nanotechnology Center on the Marcy, NY campus. The sculpture has been fully assembled and welding is substantially complete - the balance of work on this piece is in finishing and paint.  Once the sculpture is completed, it will be shipped to Marcy, NY, where the artist, Osman Akan will be joined by students from the School of Fine Arts to complete the installation. 

Monday
Mar172014

Coming up: "Nano" - Osman Akan

"Nano" - Rendering courtesy and copyright of artist.

This sculpture by Osman Akan will be installed at the SUNY (State University of New York) Nanotechnology Center on the Marcy, NY campus. The piece references research and intervention on nano-scale structures such as cellular aggregations, viral rNA, and other biological systems. The form was created through extensive collaborative design development with the artist, culminating in a 16’ tall sculpture with 75 individual cells.

Each cell is unique, and the geometry of the sculpture morphs from a hexagonal cells at the base to a mid-section composed of transitional polygons, and finally to the upper portion composed of rotated hexagon cells. In addition to the dynamic cell shapes, the size and structural depth of each aperture are both variable and respond to the structural needs of the sculpture. This creates a structure which is thicker and more monolithic at the base and graduates to a lightweight and delicate tectonic lattice at the top.

Monday
Mar102014

Coming up: Color Field - Ivan Toth Depena

"Color Field" - Rendering courtesy and copyright of artist.Demiurge is thrilled to be partnering with Brooklyn based artist and designer, Ivan Toth Depena for a second time. Color Field, is a site-specific artwork commissioned by the Art-n-Transit program of Denver for the Federal Center Station. Depena’s work is informed by his experience and background in art, architecture, technology and design. Color Field will utilize natural and LED light in combination with custom colored glass to create a vast display of color.