Last week I was invited to work at Lee Imonen’s studio in Dexter, OR. The final weeks of finishing a sculpture are usually the most stressful for an artist and I offered to lend him a hand to complete his latest sculpture 'Basin'.
Imonen was recently selected to design a public plaza and sculpture for Owens Hall at OIT Oregon Institute of Technology in Kalamath Falls.
He worked closely with the OIT Civil Engineering Department, the campus community and the Klamath Falls community to develop a comprehensive plan for the space south of Owens Hall and to complete the fabrication of the sculpture.
Working with a good friend can even make the 12 hour days of sandplasting and painting more enjoyable.
One of the functions of this particular sculpture is educational. The conections illustrate many types of welds and forms to bind structures. The form below was fabricated from steel and will be suspended by the three colums that collect rain and spill it through the center core. It was covered with aluminum sheets and riveted into place to create a decorative skin around the metal.