Artist: Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY™
Materials: Aluminum, Structural Rivets, Catalyzed Paint Coating
Commissioning Agency: Edmonton Arts Council
Fabrication/Installation: Demiurge LLC
Demiurge has been working with Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY™ to bring his unique style of structural skin sculptures to a larger scale capable of creating space and volume. To that end, Demiurge recently installed Willow, a new sculptural shade structure commissioned by the Edmonton Arts Council as part of the newly renovated Borden Park, in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. Willow is composed of over 700 unique aluminum parts requiring over 5,000 bends to fabricate and over 14,000 structural fasteners to assemble.
With 719 pieces, it was essential that meticulous planning and organization be utilized in order to ensure quality and consistency. As a method of organization, each piece was assigned a unique key, which was used to solidify it’s place throughout various phases of production and installation. These rigorous checks and standards were essential for the successful outcome both in the Demiurge studio and on site during installation.
Demiurge worked closely with THEVERYMANY to refine the structural detailing underpinning the piece. Through multiple re-designs, we were able to create a set of parameters for THEVERYMANY to work within, allowing them to bring their unique style of structural skins to an exterior installation.
Willow represents the first permanent, outdoor installation THEVERYMANY has completed, and it marks the beginning of a number of outdoor, large-scale pieces which will be completed by TVM.
Once on site, the rigorous processes and high standards we implemented in fabrication design paid off as the piece was easily assembled, with every element fitting into place flawlessly. Before ever arriving on site, Demiurge worked with the local contractor who poured the foundation to precisely locate rebar and determine the geometry of the foundation. Upon arriving, we easily set the baseplates of the sculpture into place using a Hilti post-drilled epoxy system and quickly began adding parts from the bottom, slowly building the legs of the sculpture. As progress on each leg progressed, we were able to begin joining some of them together, forming the beginnings of the structural “dome” or shell that makes this structure stable. Once all of the sculpture was fully assembled and standing under its own structure (using a minimum of fasteners), the on-site team carefully and methodically filled the remaining fastener connection holes with thousands of structural rivets, locking each panel into place and finalizing the installation of the sculpture. This marks the completion of Marc Fornes’ and THEVERYMANY’s first permanent, outdoor structure.