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Chalk it up 2017

Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw (Bridge Projects) were the featured artists for Artpace‘s Chalk it Up 2017. They created an interactive city and invited the public to draw on the buildings, shape their plot, and add features to the “Calcium Carbonopolis” urban plan.

Paper Cloud Installation

Paper Cloud is an installation of 140 unique paper lights. The project was initially created as a temporary installation for the 2017 AIA San Antonio Beaux Arts Ball at the Light Building in San Antonio, TX. It was a collaborative endeavor, constructed by more than 70 individuals. Over the course of eight workshops, more than 800 person hours went into its construction and installation.

The project is coordinated and executed by Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw (Bridge Projects).

more time on lifts

As a result of many overhead installations, I’ve become a connoisseur of scissor and mast lifts. Genie and SkyJack seem to be the dominant manufacturers – I give the slight edge to Genie. The scissor-style lift generally offers a larger platform which means someone else can drive while I tie knots or crimp cables.

New Installation

37° 48′ 29″ N ~ 96° 52′ 52″ W, 2010
pvc coated polyester, stainless steel, laminated ash and cherry
each piece: 14′ 3″ x 6′ 1″ x 5′ 4″, overall: approx. 24′ x 24′ x 10′
permanent installation: Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas

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New Book – The River Spectacular

The San Antonio River Foundation is the non-profit that funded the public artwork for San Antonio’s new Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. The impact they made on the Museum Reach project was nothing short of astonishing given their small staff and the very short construction schedule. They are a fantastic, efficient organization with ambitious goals for the continued expansion of the Riverwalk.


San Antonio Riverwalk installation

29° 25´ 57˝ N / 98° 29´ 13˝ W and 29° 26′ 00″ N / 98° 29′ 07″ W, 2009
stainless steel tubing, stainless steel mesh, powder-coating
each 40′ x 45′ x 10′

These are permanent pieces on the San Antonio Riverwalk, commissioned by the San Antonio River Foundation in 2008, installed in 2009. The work consists of suspended, stainless steel panels – each enclosing five layers of woven, architectural mesh. The three inner layers of mesh are treated with a powder-coated color. As visitors move by the installations on foot, bicycle or riverboat, the panels change color due to the viewer’s shifting perspective. The project’s 24-color palette was selected from photographs taken along the San Antonio River by my kids, Aidan and Vincent (4 1/2 and 1 1/2 when the snapshots were made).

For more information and photographs of the finished piece you can view the work here.