FORTUNES

I write this post on behalf of Wayne Garrett, who bravely wielded a camera in the welding shop while assisting our aluminum welder, David Benediktson, in building the core of SOLAR FLARE over the weekend.

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STRUCTURE OF THE SUN, a diagram from http://cronodon.com/SpaceTech/Sol.html
“Above: a composite diagram of Solar structure (made with photos courtesy of SOHO/NASA and a Pov-Ray representation of the interior structure. The labels are as follows: C: core; CME: coronal mass ejection; Co: corona; CoSt: coronal streamers; CS: chromosphere; CZ: convective zone; F: filament; Fl: flare; G: granules; P: plages (bright spots); Pr: prominence; RZ: radiative zone; SG: supergranules; Sp: sprites; SS: sunspots; SW: solar wind.”

Through a series of unpredictable circumstances, we have had the great fortune of stumbling across a metal shop in Cochrane willing and enthusiastic to offer artists working with a small to mid-sized budget (such as ourselves) access to their space. David Benediktson – himself a Fine Arts grad from the University of Calgary – is our lead aluminum welder, as well as the President of Coyote Works Ltd. an awesome little metal shop specializing in art, metals, and special effects for the silver screen.

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Coyote Works Ltd, Dave Benediktson’s awesome metal shop!

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Plans for SOLAR FLARE from our draftsman Ivan Ostapenko

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In his previous life, Wayne Garrett was a machinist in the Yukon Territory. Together, he and Dave hand-bent and welded the metal core of SOLAR FLARE into a tidy little spiky ball representing the beginning of our new adventure – a step towards the sun!

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Dave welding

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Bending the aluminum

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Hammering in the aluminum pipes

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The SOLAR FLARE core! Sans top and bottom cap, but almost done

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Isometric diagram by Ivan Ostapenko http://www.molotok.ca/

With the metal elements of SOLAR FLARE building towards a state of completion, we turn to the many other details that require confirmation before we can suspend the piece above Stephen Avenue – like confirming our eight rooftop mount locations, finalizing electronics and solar power, and eventually planning an Opening Party. Stay tuned to this blog for more details as they unfold!

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Looking across Stephen Ave from the rooftop above the Art Gallery of Calgary

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