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Zen and the Art of Custom Fabrication

Breathe in, breathe out. Finding your zen is more than just a few breathing exercises and finding peace within yourself. It’s about finding peace in the comforts of your surroundings. When it comes to public art, it has the power to bring a sense of ease to a community. But, to achieve it, you need a partner who handles custom fabrication. Why? Because many artists aren’t equipped with the technical skills to turn their big concepts into reality. In a way, fabricators are sculpture artists’ zen.

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 the custom fabrication experts we partner with on our projects. This article is meant to highlight why they’re so vital in public art. 

Custom Fabrication Engineers Are the Answer to “How Will We Build This?”

We’ve all likely been there, we create a concept so big and proud that we have no idea how to bring it to life. For a public artist such as Eric Garcia, he encounters it all the time. Fortunately, we’ve worked with several professionals to help turn ideas into landmarks. 

When you partner with fabrication engineers, you’re provided with the support and knowledge needed to effectively build your idea. They’re simply paramount in the installation process as they’ll know how to situate your large-scale art securely and accurately with respect to the concept. 

What Do Custom Fabricators Do?

Metal fabrication contractors use manual tools alongside machinery to create metal objects or structures by bending, cutting, and assembling various metal materials. They work very closely with their clients on what they are looking for and determine the best course of action in how to achieve their vision. When working on our projects, custom fabrication experts will examine our conceptual designs and strategically figure out what needs to be done to craft its shape and scale. 

How Do Custom Fabrication Professionals Work With Public Artists?

According to The New York Times, “fabricating is a bit like producing a record; you are trying to enhance the artist’s vision, which is sometimes meticulously conceived and other times inchoate”. We’re artists, we don’t conceive our pieces with what materials we’ll use or how we’ll install them in mind. At least, not entirely. This is often an afterthought that isn’t considered until after conceptualization. 

The artist will work with the fabrication engineer in developing a strategy and brainstorm ways to bring the art to life. This involves determining the overall look and feel of the sculpture piece by figuring out what materials should be used to construct the piece. Some materials EG Structural has used in its large-scale art include:

  • Foam
  • Acrylics
  • Plaster
  • Steel
  • LED lighting
  • And much more

EG Structural Partners With the Best Custom Fabrication Engineers

At EG Structural we have a passion for creating projects that inspire. For over 25 years, Eric Garcia has provided strong conceptual design to develop timeless public art projects that embody the spirit of our clients. Whether they’re a corporate entity or a municipality, we see what makes them special and design a sculpture that highlights their exceptionality. 

If your organization is looking for a private commission sculpture piece, contact EG Structural today and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible!

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