on the images or scroll down for info and enlargements
project was probably the largest piece of work to ever take place
in my studio.. It was yet another job subbed through Color-Ad,
Inc. and took more than a year to get together and a solid four
months to complete my part of the job.
will be hard to tell from the pics, (it BARELY fit in my studio)
but the piece is a 3-D topo map of about two-thirds of the state
of California (cut down the middle of the San Jaquin valley) with
Los Angeles on one side and Las Vegas on the other.
purpose of the map was to show the various water and power sources
for the city of L.A. with an extremely exaggerated verical scale.
The overall actual size of the piece was approximately 16 feet
long x 10 feet wide x 8 inches high. We made it break into three
pieces for transport.
Inc. roughed out the topo in three sections using a CNC router
on three inch thick sign foam (stacked where necessary) with 3/4
poplar sides. I then smoothed out the rough edges and filled in
voids. I made the seams "seamless" and topcoated the
entire piece with a tough urethane called Styro-spray. I then
primed and painted the surface using vinyl-acrylics based on an
approved satelite image. I then hand-painted all the systems (roads,
powerlines, aqueducts, rivers, etc).
was just my part of the gig. Color-Ad, Inc, then added all kinds
of labels and fiber optics and installed it in the Interagency
Visitor Center in Lone Pine, California.