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Vertebrae Conference Table by ou8nrtist2 Vertebrae Conference Table by ou8nrtist2
I feel like I've just given birth,LOL,though the gestation period was rather short (two weeks).
Some great new clients in L.A. who run a studio called"Almost Human",that make monsters and other animatronic devices for movies and television commissioned me to make a heavy industrial conference table with "some added attraction",but they also needed it by the 9th for some important meeting...
After frenetic email exchanges,I persuaded them that what they needed was an organic feature to really make this piece memorable. The model was a gray whale vertebrae. The parts for the spine are mostly forged with the trip hammer,and each individual vertebrae slides over a square tube that was rolled to an appropriate arch so that in the end use the "wing sections" of these vertebrae will not obstruct the knees of anyone drawing their chair close up to the table. Remember;"Form Follows Function",so it has to WORK as a conference table first before any aesthetic embellishment is imposed upon the design...They will have a 4' x 9' piece of thick glass on the top. The dorsal sections of the vertebrae are graduated in size so as to form a nearly parallel ridge just beneath the glass.
All welded and forged steel -33"wide by 86"long by 30" high.
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feldrand Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ever so cool... :D
i didn`t check your gallery yet, maybe i should - to find out if you made someting "trilobitish" already - that would be very cool either... :D
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional
Not yet ,but I'm planning to...
I've started the reference file of photos.that's the first step...
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feldrand Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sounds really cool - i`ve looked at some of your works and they they go pretty much in that direction already... :D
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tejadesigns Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Most excellent!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional
Thank you Teja...
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Sovriin Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
As tables go, that is a seriously damn awesome one. Love the vertebrae, looks surprisingly elegant against the bulkiness of the table legs. Awesome.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional
I liked working on the piece but it went out so quickly I didn't really have much of a chance to enjoy it.
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ArmoredKoi Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, this is really cool.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional
Thank you...
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scottwheels59 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you know and we know that this is a great work.
very cool
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional
thank you kindly.
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shanti1971 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like this , beautiful interpretation , and for me a flight that is happening . I love the movement across the table . Robotic in style - I'm sure your clients where happy .
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional
Yes they were,
It was very satisfying though as i said ,a bit rushed.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Definitely one of your more memorable pieces.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional
Thank you Don,
It was a very quick effort,but ultimately satisfying.
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic concept and great looking table.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional
Thank you Heidi...
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Hi S. I just had the time now to cruise through your metal artwork. I've never seen anything like it before. The fluid quality of metal you seem to tease out of things is really beautiful.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional
Thank you for your kind compliments.
That is the hallmark of my work and the comprehensive training of my father who was a master sculptor.
My greatest inspiration is the Natural world and the endless and marvelous structures nature provides for those who take the time to investigate a little closer...
Breathing LIFE into metal is to me alchemy restored...
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smokingbluecarebear Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in awe of this piece. You have taken an everyday object and indeed made it something that looks like it belongs in a museum rather than a conference room. My hat is off to you on a most excellent piece of craftsmanship.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional
Thank you Michael,
I'm trying to get my fine art sculptures seen by the big movie houses in hopes they'd use some of my pieces in a movie or tv show someday...
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lilvoodoo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece - I really like the that all the metal isn't refined and polished, definitely adds character and makes it stand out.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional
Thank you Sean...
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Moonstar4183 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is pretty neet :D I love the contrast between the rust and "new" metal.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional
Those beams had been sitting outside for several years and had acquired a most marvelous patina which I was loath to alter in any way(except to spray with a clearcoat. Fortunately my clients were in total agreement once I sent them photos.
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good-name Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I like this, it tugs at my creative stings and makes me want to try to make something original and moving, but I think you need to make it a little sturdier... I mean, can you set a building on top of it? ... :):)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional
You jest of course.
One of the hallmarks of my work is that my pieces are built WAY better than they have to be.
Here is the piece in situ.
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That piece of glass on top of it is 9 ft.long and over 350 lbs.
My father was the toughest of task masters and made damn sure I got all the lessons on the craft of construction and fabrication.
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good-name Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Yeah I'm into woodworking, and everything I make I overbuild. I think if someone is going to have to fix it in 200 years then I've failed, whatever I make needs to last forever. 350 lb sheet of glass is intense. I had an idea for a glass coffee table. 4 inch thick glass and 2 solid glass legs that span the full width and something ornate etched on all the surfaces. keep up the good work man.
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Feybles Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Am loving this piece! unexpected and eyecatching!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional
I'm hoping some fancy schmancy interior desicrator in Hollyweird sees this...
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Feybles Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I hope so hon, i really do. Your work deserves to be known and appreciated far and wide. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional
Maybe,
well I am getting published again for it in a forthcoming book called "From Fire to Form".
It's a coffee table size book with lots of pictures by world class metal artists who utilize forging techniques for sculpture. I'm really lucky to be chosen. these are the big boys of metal art...
It comes out in April.
I'll bet there are some Aussies in there...
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Feybles Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Oh wow!! Congratulations!

I know, I'm massively behind the times, but that sounds like a wonderful thing for you and your business. I hope it provides a wider appreciation of your skills and work. :)

I have a similar (smaller scale) feeling at the moment. I have been invited to join an exhibition focusing on artists who re-use, re-cycle and re-invent items in their work. I'm really excited about it right now.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional
I'd be interested to see what you come up with.
90% of my works are made from recycled metal.
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Feybles Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I tend to be mainly a re-user of second-hand jewelry more than anything else.

Parts are usually found at flea markets, op-shops, antique stores, on the street, my old hair extentions, in garden beds (I used to work as a city council gardener, and built up quite a collection of bits from garden beds), or wherever else! I tend to mix in bits of clockwork, as the workmanship in the small brass pieces has always fascinated me, and these days, the steampunk bug has bitten me fairly hard.

Most of the pins and brooches that i've posted in the last 6 months or so have a recycled aspect or three. :)

I shall have to explain a little more in my upcoming updates... :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional
I'm sure you must have checked out Porkshank's work here on DA.
If not, her stuff is always worth a look,for inspiration...
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Tzel-ha-Lyla Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're insane and I want to be you. xD

I actually can't think of anything else to say with that. xD
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Professional
Ha !
Kids these days...
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AaronsDesk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is something I'd have :)
A great balance of industrial and organic styles.
it seems very fit for it's purpose and clients
Has the frame been painted or left natural?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional
Dear Aaron,
The client shares my affinity with natural patinas.
I sent them images of the surface texture and color of the recycled "H" beams I was able to acquire for this project.
They had been sitting outside unprotected for at least a year and the mill scale had worn off in the corners so the lovely orange rust patina was evident.I however thought it most expressive to clean much more completely the freshly forged parts of the vertebrae thus featuring the differences in texture and identifying the vertebrae as the part "on display". A clear coat finish on all just deepened the colors and sealed it from further transition. The clients wisely differed to me on all points and gave me great latitude to make these aesthetic decisions unilaterally.But I DO communicate well,and kept them apprised of every minor decision along the way,answering questions ,drawing sketches etc.
Note:"H"Beam is like "I" beam except the web is the same dimension as the flanges.
So these vertical legs were 6" wide in all dimensions.They are somewhat unusual and I was lucky to find them.
I call this hybrid style "Industrial Organic",but it has many names and variants...
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AaronsDesk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stephen, thank you for a clear and detailed reply.
As you have said the patina is beautiful and it was wise to give the table a clear coat for protection.

Industrial organic seems a very appropriate term for your work.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional
My pleasure,
I'm always wishing folks were more complete with their explanations on here because IMHO that's where the true learning of all our interactions takes place...
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AaronsDesk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very true, you can only learn so much from looking at a piece.
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
What a great solution for a place that builds monsters. looks like some dinosaur bone or something. I'm sure it will make a wonderful statement for their conference room. Beautifully done.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional
Thanks Marsha,
I think everyone is happy with it.
And someone else in [link] bound to see this thing and remember it.
Perhaps I'll get another commission from Babylon...LOL.
It's a market that I have never really tapped, since L.A. scares the hell out of me.LOL.
But I've had at least a dozen or more wonderful girlfriends who were refugees from there,so I certainly know it's greatest resource are it's people...
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh for sure people will remember it. And being in the conference room of someone in the film industry is a really good place. It could be a nice 'step ladder' to something very lucrative. Don't be scared of LA its nothing to be scared of. Its just a city a collection of fruits and nuts. You find them everywhere just in greater concentrations in the big city. I can just see some of your creations in a film. And just think of how creative you can be when you are doing film work. I think it would be great fun.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional
Yes,there is potential there,
Actually my first large scale sculpture went to L.A. and I delivered it.
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I had a girlfriend from Bel Air so used to visit with her down there.(1982).
Mostly my fear is just a reference to freeway driving...LOL. I actually get quite entertained by the alternate reality people dwell in down there,which has allot to do with the movie and entertainment business leading everything.
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow cool fish. Ah the freeway. Actually the LA freeway isn't as bad as some places. The LA drivers are actually more polite than the Phoenix ones I think. You realize the more you avoid it the worse it gets though. Its sort of like a lot of things if you jump in and go for it you get used to it and it isn't as bad as you first thought.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional
I agree,
It's just sort of psyching myself up to be a bit more aggressive on the road than I have to be up here,that is intimidating.
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nativeart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Agressive might not be the right direction. Defensive is probably a good choice. Certainly not complacent or distracted though. It is easy to fall into a comfort zone when you don't have to deal with the heavy traffic on a regular basis. You should try spending 6 years in OZ for getting totally out of the traffic mode. Geez it was tough getting back in the swing of driving in even a little traffic after 6 years of driving in the outback where your biggest threat is a kangaroo.
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