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.
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.
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!
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!