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Cubic Sphere Gazebo by ou8nrtist2 Cubic Sphere Gazebo by ou8nrtist2
Since I've had no commissions lately,I kicked this out in the last three days tapping my stockpiled materials. All recycled steel.
Height to top is 12.5 feet.
Diameter of rings 9 ft. 3 inches.
The rings are 3x3 angle and were rolled "mistakes " from the rolling mill. I bought a truckload a couple of years ago and am slowly making my way through the stack.
Only 12 bolts hold the whole structure together. It is quite stout. One can easily climb all over it with no loss of structural integrity.
Notice the pre-drilled holes in the top ring. That is for mounting add-on trellises for planting vines at each of the "corners".Not sure yet what the trellises will look like ...
The little ball finial on the top is just like:
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except it's made of steel instead of stainless steel.

This is a rather large PENDENTIVE GAZEBO.
The pendentive, you may remember, was a device used by Roman builders to support domes in masonry construction, but the Byzantine architects were the ones who truly perfected it. One of the finest examples being the classic Ottoman Mosque of Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.
The pendentives, which are triangular segments of a sphere, taper to points at the bottom and spread at the top to establish the continuous circular or elliptical base needed for the dome. In masonry the pendentives thus receive the weight of the dome, concentrating it at the four corners where it can be received by the piers beneath.
Thanks to ~Dragonsmithy:icondragonsmithy:for reminding me...
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   General Artist
omg I love this!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
Me too,
I'm surprised i haven't sold that thing yet...LOL
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   General Artist
its so beautiful!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional
A Gazebo need not be a boring architectural device...
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   General Artist
of course! I love gazebos. What I like about this one the most is the curves. It is like a steampunk alice in wonderland gazebo in my head. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I think its perfect and envision beautiful wild things growing all over it :D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional
If you look at the folder in my gallery titled GARDEN STRUCTURES you'll see several more with curves.
One in particular in the center of my garden has those wild things growing all over it now...
[link]
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   General Artist
do you know what would look really good? Wisteria vines. I think I would grow grapes on them :nod: soooo pretty
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional
I grow grapes here but the wisteria is just a bit difficult because I actually get frost sometimes at my house in the Winter.That's why I have to keep my citrus in the greenhouse all winter too...
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner May 28, 2010   General Artist
haha just realized you did plant grapes! I agree, good choice :D:D:D
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secondself Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all these pieces you've posted recently, this one in particular. The thick bold lines of the angle give it a powerful look I really like. I can't wait to see what you'll be going with for a design on the next pieces.

I've started gathering some small scraps myself for projects. Still no luck finding such great larger pieces like you've been able to scrounge up, but I haven't had a lot of time to search. We'll see where time leads me.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional
Thank you,
It helps of course to research the industrial places in your area that produce the kind of scrap you can use.
Then go about trying to make acquaintance with whoever within that company deals with the scrap,and ingratiate yourself somehow...There are many ways to do this.
One technique I've found effective is to make a nice print of whatever I make from the scrap and present it to the front office. This tends to include the supplier,albeit vicarious;y,in the process of making art. It also makes them put you in another category ,instead of just some guy who wants to buy scrap...

On another note.
I was just published in a book on metal sculpture called "From Fire to Form"by an author in your backyard.
Mathew S.Clarke (from New Hampshire)
[link]
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TheSilentSmith Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
This is awesome! I love the shape, it's so different, and pleasing to the eye... it took me awhile to think of what the shape reminded me of... but then I thought of it... an old fashioned diver's helmet, hehe.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional
Good eye Alice,
It IS the same shape...
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, looks sorta like a school playground.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Heehehheh,
Yes ,and four acres is almost big enough...
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kblack23 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want that! Its lovely!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Thank you Katie,LOL
It's for sale for only $2700.oo (usually $3500.oo).
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The-Tabla-Engine Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Excellent.
So do you intend to plant the vines in the corners? I'd love to see that after they've enveloped the structure. You have a nice backyard too!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Yes,
I have another one (same size) I made years ago and planted with four different colored table grapes at the corners. I'll be posting that sometime soon...
Stay tuned.
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Love the gazebo. Are the other things in the background things you have made too? like geodesic dome and the other circle and tower thing?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Yep.
I have four very flat acres that exist as my sculpture garden and gallery. There are currently over 50 pieces outside on the grounds,all for sale...
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh that is very cool. Looks like a park. I have 10 acres but its not a park it is desert. One of these days I may put some sculptures out there. Not metal probably though. I've been wanting to do some concrete sculptures with some papercrete or ferrocement. I want to make gargoyles to put on either side of my driveway. :-)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Professional
Gargoyles would be cool !
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes I think so. We have several ideas for various types of concrete sculptures mostly based in fantasy. When we will ever get them done is anyones guess. We have talked about putting red glass eyes in the gargoyles and a solar light in the head to illuminate the eyes at night. Also perhaps to give a red glow in the back of the mouth.

We also have a large Dragon fireplace on the list. This would have large wings spread out with benches for seating. The wings would be the backs of the benches and provide a wind break. The wings would be spread in a sort of semicircular shape around the body of the dragon. The belly of the dragon would have the fireplace and the neck and head of the dragon would be the chimney. So when you had fire in the fireplace you would get smoke out of his nose and mouth. Also nice glass in the eyes to collect the sunn and perhaps to glow from the fire as well. We have a place out back where we want to put it. Think it would be a great party place.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional
Those are great ideas.
My partner Pat Miller from [link] could do the casting with high efficiency concrete but you guys would have to make the molds. They would have to be quite stout and seal tightly by bolting together on the outside...Probably fiberglass would be the best material to use.
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nativeart Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
That is nice stuff but a bit overkill for this. The things we want to build can be fairly easily constructed using ferrocement techniques without paying someone else a ton of money to do it. Here is a wild website that you can check out to see some ideas, tons actually, by this one guy BO he has tons of photos and some very cool ideas as well as some a little out there. [link]

Here is a lovely example of a fountain that is created using ferrocement. It has a welded wire armature. You should be able to really get a hold of the unplastered form :-) but continue to page 2 and see how it transforms with some mortar. This is one example there are many on this website as well have a look around it. [link]

And if you find that this intrigues you visit [link] and have a look in the photo gallery and the forum where you can discuss these things with lots of people that have done it, teach it, and play with it, and some that are just beginning to think about it as well.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional
The last time I went back to Maine (2007)(my childhood home),I made a special effort(which turned out to be an adventure) to search out Bo Atkinson,since he lives near my brother. I photographed his ferro cement"mushroom house"and got the complete tour by he and his wife.
I have a long term project with bohemianstoneworks to produce a ferro cement organic style bathtub of my own design,but I am also interested in it's other applications,having witnessed it's early use as a child in sailboat manufacturing(the hull).
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Loobaru Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hobbit Gazebo
i wants it precious
*geekery*

it's beautiful
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Thank you Laura...LOL.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Nice; awaiting trellis stuff.

The area around it reminds me of the space in west Berkeley where huge metal sculptures used to be stored. There was a box on the gate with a labeled map, so it acted as a gallery.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
You mean Urban Ore ?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
No. It was indeed in the same general area as the first two locations of Urban Ore, and just north of Frog Computer Rentals; but as far as I know, there was no connection. A huge field, with lots of weeds and enormous abstract metal sculptures by different artists.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Sounds cool,
I remember in the nineties,the mudflats down by the racetrack with all those cool driftwood structures that could be seen from the freeway...
Man,I can't believe I haven't been down there since I quit teaching in 1993.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
These days the driftwood sculptures are out on the Albany bulb. If you google "albany bulb" there are articles, and an image search on the same quoted phrase will get some pictures. If you do a deviantART search on it, you will find lots of photos, too, including my deviantID photo where I'm sitting on part of a driftwood archway, and the comment has a link to my picture of the whole arch. That arch is gone now, like the one before it, but several of the large figures were still there last time I went walking out there, and lots of small stuff comes and goes.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Cool don,
Thanks for the update...
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Dragonsmithy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nifty. In case you're interested, what you've made there, which you call a 'cubic sphere,' is a ';pedentive.'
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional
serial verb constructions ?
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Dragonsmithy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahem. Let's try that again, this time without the automatic emoticon-sensing software. Pedentive.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Ah,
you mean PENDENTIVE.
Absolutely.
It's an incredibly strong structure.
The bubble is one of the strongest forms in Nature actually,and this is a variant of that...
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Dragonsmithy Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, you is right. I guess Google auto-corrected my spelling when I was checking to make sure I had the right word.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
You know I SOOO like the title PENDENTIVE GAZEBO better than what I have.
Would you mind if I changed the title for future shots of it to "Pendentive Gazebo" ?
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Dragonsmithy Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would think that's totally your call to make.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional
Cool.
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redpandachainmail Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009   Interface Designer
Holy crap you MADE that? It is AWESOME
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional
Thank you...
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