Every city or town is formed, in part, by the industries which develop it. People create
a community and sense of place based on shared goals and experiences. Over time
these features develop a history, a legacy, and a heritage.
Kenton is no exception. The story of Kenton mirrors that of the entire Northwest
through it’s connection with ports, timber, and agriculture. A unique combination of
location and industry has crafted the story of Kenton. The people of Kenton have lived
and guided its path. This heritage is still with us today in the feeling of community, the
sense of history, the architecture, and the routes we take through our day.
Recently Figure Plant joined forces with the good folks over at the Northwood Apartments to create this 8′ x 20′ art piece for their lobby, celebrating Kenton’s History.
Probably my largest wall art to date. It was a pleasure to work with Mary Hanlon of the Northwood and, as always, the Figure Plant team. Here’s the project description on FigurePlant.com.
Historic images provided by
Old Oregon, The Art of Historic Photos
Oregon Historical Society
Oregon State University Libraries
University of Oregon Libraries
Middle Tennessee State University’s Walker Library
Special thanks to
Alta Mitchoff’s History of the Kenton Neighborhood
Portland State University
Historic Kenton, and the Kenton Neighborhood Association
PDX History, and our neighbors and friends for telling the story of Kenton’s history.
Two versions of an entirely mechanical vending machine; one which rotates the product in front of a hinged opening (above), and another which added a bellows-powered nozzle that could be aimed at a particular bag of chips and blow it down to the drawer below. It was super fun working with Figure Plant on the design, and then illustrating it in this style.
A lot of intense design work went into the making of Sunset Overdrive for Xbox, making it that much more satisfying to recreate these digital weapons in the real world. Not only did Figure Plant have to match the look of the game, each piece had to be functional! With names like TNTeddy, Hack N Slay, Pyro Geyser, and the Roman Candle Gun you can imagine the kind of fun challenges we were up against. Here’s a few shots from the studio.
When you regularly convert vehicles and build custom mechanical objects, you end up with an assortment of interesting spare parts, making Figure Plant the perfect place to put these weapons together!
This was a great project even before there was fire and hilarious destruction, which is to say that the shoot was awesomely entertaining. You can see the completed weapons and blow shit up with them in Walter’s Workshop! Here’s a behind the scenes video from our partner’s in crime over at Kamp Grizzly:
Here’s a look at the game:
Part of having a cool day job means crossing paths with interesting people. James Watt and Martin Dickie own BrewDog, the UK’s fastest growing brewery, and star in a show featuring the duo “adventure-brewing” in America’s favorite beer towns. Esquire TV‘s “Brew Dogs” came to Portland to brew while rafting on the Willamette River. Figure Plant was happy to give them a hand with their rig.
Here’s a teaser from the full episode. It’s worth a watch for the accents alone.
Season 1, Episode 6
It’s not often that my work as a Production Artist involves doing science. Thanks to Figure Plant‘s custom fabrication and design, a day in the shop can mean creating space vessels and researching exothermic reactions.
The success of this particular project meant cooking chicken 104,572 feet above the Earth, marinated in Soy Vay‘s “Veri Veri Teriyaki” sauce.
Logitech UE is getting an awesome new promotional vehicle, hand-built in Portland Oregon.
That’s Figure Plant’s Project Manager Schuyler Silva giving the walk-through. There’s video from a few other steps along the way on Schuyler’s youtube channel.
They’re here! The lovely folks at Sock it to Me have added some dang socks to their offerings. Check them out!
“Sock it to Me is a sock company based out of Portland Oregon that designs amazing, funky, and affordable knee socks and crew socks for both men and women.”
Here’s an enlargement for George Rivera at Additive Workshop. The artist’s maquette was scanned and digital artists touched up the resulting digital file, and carved in foam on by a flat-bed CAD and a seven-axis robotic arm. Sculptors assembled the foam blocks and hand carved the surface before brushing on a layer of oil clay. Every square inch of the clay surface was gone over by hand; adding texture and sharpening details. The piece was then molded, and cast in bronze.
I’ve been told it can take about 5 years to get professional roots in a new city. After 5 years of working on 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios (currently the 5th google search result for “555”), I moved to Portland from Detroit. I’ve been in Portland for nearly 5 years and landed my 5th gig as a production artist just 5 months ago.
Incidentally, The Hebrew contraction הַנֶּ֨שֶׁר adds up to 555. הַנֶּ֨שֶׁר is translated as “an eagle.” One of the larger projects that have come through the shop was a series of Eagles which were milled from a 3D scan of the artist’s maquette, which were then painted with clay, and detailed on their way to bronze monuments.
You might take a minute to check out the work we do at Additive Workshop, there’s a video touching on different processes we regularly handle.
Here’s a look at some the painting and sculpture projects that I’ve had the pleasure of working on for Portland’s own ACME Scenic & Display.
The Ice Age Exhibit at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon features this life-size mammoth, easily one of the largest pieces I’ve been a part of. Scott Foster, the immensely talented local artist and proprietor of good: a gallery, sculpted the maquette for this piece.
The Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, California had a massive scenic and signage redesign including these happy critters who now live in the children’s play area and gift shop.
This Nike retail display was my first professional interface with the brand giant; a resume requirement regardless of industry for any Portlander. Shown on the right installed at Jack’s Surf in Huntington Beach, California.