A process takes place that involves feedback from the client on my initial proposal and liaising with a range of professions from Architects, engineers and skilled trade’s people.
The process involves:
Despite the build like nature and complexity of the projects the works always have an engagement as the central focus. The planning and incorporation of skilled fabricators and trades which I work with on an ongoing basis allow me to create sculptural environments on a Architectural scale.
The initial stages of the process involves consultation with the client to refine aspects of the project, such as aesthetic criteria, placement, and scale as well as ergonomic aspects of the works. Based upon feedback I create models at this stage and scaled drawings as well as drawings of structural details
Large structural forms are designed in collaboration with engineers both in relation to steelwork and the concrete form. In this project I worked closely with Techrete, Balbriggan, and a structural steel company. The works were carefully designed with a precise installation process in mind, the large 3.5 metre spherical form was achieved by bolting 8 large sections of the sphere to a central frame. Forms for the benches were shuttered and cast on site.
A refining and selection process takes place where I use material samples to compare and contrast materials and to select detailed finishes. From the onset the colour plan and/or concept details are worked out. To enable me to plan in colour or in detail on a 3D form I translate final hand drawn plans to scale into 3D Computer programs. This enables me to work out surface areas and rotate the plan for refinement of the concept and form.