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Now that the 2014 event is creeping ever closer with more meetings, events, camp planning and the like; it’s time for the third and final post on 2013’s Burn.

Here’s a look at my honorarium art project “Matahari Riset.”  Made possible with a grant from Burning Man, and the help and patience of my partner and many dear friends.  Thanks to Additive Workshop and Figure Plant for the generous use of their fabrication facilities.

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It didn’t take long for him to go native.  If you happened to get your picture taken with him please do let me know; I’d love to see them!

Take a look at all of the 2014 Honorarium Art Installations!

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.

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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.