Friday 22 February 2013

Ronald MacDonald House Ottawa

The Opening of Ronald MacDonald House Family Room at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
My steam bent, white oak sculpture is now hanging at CHEO after a month or more of my sawing, bending and sanding in the studio.

Hot pipe bending a white oak ring for the sculpture
The sculpture is 6' x 9' and each ring is about 6" tall and 1/8" in thickness.The rings were bent on a hot pipe bender. The two outer rings were laminated together to create a solid anchor for the installation. The inner rings were bolted together with aluminium spacers to give the sculpture a light and airy feeling.
Experimenting in the shop
To provide the necessary support I created decorative webbing to link the rings to each other.  The project was a wonderful design exercise - a great reminder of the positive nature of negative space.

Structural support masquerading as decoration 

Thanks to Ginny, Brian and Oliver and of course my Dad for their help with this project.

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