A structural engineering professional working on a design for a piece of public art

Structural Engineering: The Secret Weapon of a Public Artist

Structural engineering is an important field in constructing large structures of many types. Many people probably associate these professionals with simply designing solutions for architectural purposes. While they do help in that area, they play a very important role in constructing public art. 

For over 25 years, EG Structural has been reimagining how communities engage with public art. We take pride in highlighting the best of one’s community through functional large-scale art installations. However, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our structural engineering partners. Read our blog post below and learn more about their role in public art and why you need them after conceptual design. 

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural engineers are experts in civil engineering that address the impact of physical force on force-resisting elements. They identify and measure numerical quantities to evaluate how different structural elements will respond to different forces. This is achieved through a lengthy process of analysis and design. 

They are directly responsible for designing structures that withstand all types of pressure and force. Everything from bridges and buildings to public art and other large-scale structures. They will apply what they found in their analysis to ensure each structure is safe and stable. They’re essential to many large-scale projects.

A structural engineering professional’s responsibilities may include:  

  • Calculating the pressure and stress that a building may encounter
  • Researching and evaluating the hazards in an area 
  • Creating and testing models using computer software
  • Evaluating older buildings for structural integrity
  • Recommending repairs, additions and other changes for existing structures
  • Constructing and testing models for safety
  • Monitoring construction of new structures
  • Meeting with contractors to ensure structures are built properly
  • Developing construction budgets
  • Evaluating materials for new construction projects
  • Collaborating with architects and other engineers on building design and construction
  • Making sure structures meet the appropriate building codes, legal regulations, health, and safety requirements

How Does Structural Engineering Work with Public Art?

Just like with other types of structures they work on, public art calls for a lot of considerations. Where will it be installed? How large will it be? What material is it made of? The possibilities are endless, and engineers are qualified to meet the needs of public art. Resulting in an amazing sculpture piece that resonates with the community. 

They must also have a creative mindset going into public art projects. According to Sanja Buncic, a structural engineer based in London, UK; they need to be creative and adaptable to ensure that we’re able to bring the artistic vision to life. Additionally, she mentions that “working on these types of projects is rewarding because they are dynamic and engaging. Also, because these pieces are inspiring, they really serve to pull the best out of the people who work on them as well as the people who view the finished piece.”

EG Structural is Proud to Partner with Incredible Structural Engineering Experts

A design means nothing without the help of structural engineers. They are an incredible asset to the public artist and must secure the longevity and integrity of the structure. Whenever we work on a large-scale art project, we look to them for their knowledge and experience.

EG Structural is fortunate to have partnered with several wonderful individuals to design public art that highlights their unique communities. We combine intense research, strong conceptual design, custom fabrication, and engineering expertise to develop landmarks that inspire engagement. We help build an identity that exhibits what it means to be a part of a community. 

Contact us today to learn about our expertise and how we can help boost your identity.

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