The motif for this piece was inspired by a graphical illustration of data described in a recent NYT article. While there is an overall structure, the interior construction was created intuitively, each section of the screen related to the previous line while simultaneously maintaining the overall balance of the piece. The powder coating process adds a protective paint similar to an auto-body surface that protects the steel from rust. “Data” can be installed outdoors vertically as a gate or, horizontally as a space or room divider. I plan a series at some point, variations on this theme are full of textural potential. More recently I came across the work of Felice Frankel while researching this subject, a photographer and author of Visual Strategies, A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers, Yale University Press, 2012.
She’s also instrumental in creating this fascinating project: Picturing to Learn
Powder Coated mild steel, 65 inches wide, 40 inches high, 1 inch deep. Fabricated at Fairlee Forge, Chestertown, MD, with assistance from Mitchell Naumann.