We are Design / Build / Install artists, with our focus on large scale sculpture.
Big Idaho Potato
This fun project was brought to us in 2010 by Foerstel, an advertising agency working with the Idaho Potato Commission. They gave us a computer sketch of a giant potato on a semi truck, similar to the Idaho postcards found in airports and gas stations, and asked if we could actually make it real. And we did. From there forward, our giant potato has travelled over 200,000 miles, back and forth across the U.S. visiting over 9000 cities for the last 7 years on tour. In 2018, the original potato is being replaced with a new fiberglass potato, which we are currently in the process of fabricating, and will last for years and more tours to come.
We enjoy working closely with our superstar tour manager, Laura Martin of Foerstel Design, and of course with Frank Muir, the president of the IPC who is quite proud of this Idaho icon. During the design process, we had to pay close attention to size restrictions allowed by the Department of Transportation! Since it’s primary use is traveling down interstates, participating in parades and being around crowds of people, we used a structural engineer for fabrication and safety advice. We worked with a few different contractors for concrete work, electrical mechanisms and professional auto painters for the truck. Each year, we have very specific deadlines to meet in order for the tour to make it’s planned events. Good communication to the tour schedulers (and our own subcontractors) is crucial to making everything happen on time. Follow along on it’s journey: www.bigidahopotato.com
this is big.
starting with a little steel work
in the ribcage with the crew from Foerstel, a fabulous design team in Boise
New Year's Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho
An entirely different potato sculpture, this one was made with a translucent fiberglass and interior lights to allow it to glow at night for thousands of Boise spectators, as well as being broadcasted internationally. We worked with local fiberglass and lighting contractors, structural engineers and the crane company, as well as the City of Boise and the Police Department to meet all of the city and safety standards. Come to Boise and watch it drop…like it’s hot!
Idaho New Year's Commission (http://www.idahonewyearscommission.com)
11th Street Underpass
The City of Nampa wanted something visually appealing, but not distracting as their main entrance to the newly thriving downtown area. With hip coffee shops, craft brews and a brand spanking new library, Nampa is on the up and up! With the site’s prominent location, it needed to safely span four lanes of traffic, be a little modern, but still tie into the historical aspect of the area. We took these requests and came up with a concept which was accepted by the City, who had a federal grant for the project. We built this arch within a specific time frame, accommodating several entities: the City, the Railroad and the DOT, all of which had different requirements. We had a weekly inspection from a welding inspector during fabrication, and worked with plans drawn up by a structural engineer. Even Chris’s very own uncle, Den Schofield, a Western artist / painter came out to help us with the historical train drawing aspects. For installation, we hired an erection crew, complying with Davis Bacon federal standards.
completed arch, fall of 2009
Marble Baptismal Font
For this project, we worked on the concept with a liturgically ordained Catholic designer. Risen Christ Catholic Church of Boise wanted to re-create the Biblical event of Christ arising from the tomb with this sculpture, while reflecting the church’s modern design theme. We carved a block of Vermont’s Danby marble to appear as if it were the fallen shrouds of Christ, with a basin for water submersion in the center for infant baptismal. Water was piped into a hidden recess in the folds of “drapery”, and cascades over the edge of the marble into the main pool in the center. We adjusted the flow of water (and the shape of the stream) to create a peaceful sound that can be heard subtly throughout the cathedral. We then created the large 10’ sandstone slab to represent the tomb door pulled aside.
We have some of the largest wood slabs in the area, and are currently turning some of them into tables...photos coming soon!
"Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual." -Ernest Hemingway
Chris, bivy on Moonlight Buttress
Sharolyn, Goat Lake, Sawtooths
Identifying the wild things, with the Wild Things, Sawtooths
Liam and Jacks, spring hiking
Home for now, the beautiful Weiser Valley from Indianhead Mountain
A little family bouldering session with Cecylia, Jacks, Liam, Sharolyn, Khaya and Chris