Now that the smoke has cleared from this summers push of commissions, we have begun a couple of special projects specifically for the Creative Pinellas Grant.
Here are a couple of early process shots of one of the pieces. Any idea what it will be?
This week we are making final preparations for the installation of “Budding Vortex”. It will be installed in Tampa At Crescent Communities near the International Plaza on Wednesday.
I have included some shots of the crating system developed for transport as well as our custom rigging system for the installation. It promises to be a very eventful day!
Late last week MGA installed the second incarnation of “ripple Effect” titled "Ripple 2: Mirror”
This piece consists of a mirror opposite version of the original casting. It was selected for the specific location as the building it sits in is a mirror opposite of the original building that “Ripple Effect" was created for. I have included a couple of shots of the piece in the studio with final finish being applied and the piece at installation. We are very grateful to BayCare for commissioning both of these sculptures for their headquarters in Clearwater, FL
We had an amazing ArtWalk in the Warehouse Arts District at MGA, Soft Water and the ArtsXchange. Though it was hot, the trolley’s were full all night long.
We are currently engaged in several projects at the studio. These cast shells are for a private commission. The fractal like graphic treatment is hand painted and is reminiscent of blue china glaze on ceramic. These pieces will be installed next week.
We have also been working on the final stages of ‘Budding Vortex’. It will be installed in 2 weeks.
I just got the finish materials in this week for the companion sculpture that was installed at The BayCare Administrative Facility in Clear Water. That finish will be done next week and installed before the end of the month.
We are making great progress on the sculpture called ‘Budding Vortex’ for Crescent Communities Development in Tampa. The sculpture will be installed in late July at the corner of Boy Scout and Lois. We pre-assemble the aluminum pieces in sections of about 12 pieces before they are slid on to the primary support. We will end up putting this piece together and taking it apart several times in the studio to allow for various processes of the assembly to evolve. Each section weighs about 1000 lbs. This kind of work takes lots of planning.
Mark Aeling, Visual Art, has been consistently awarded multiple public art commissions from 1996 to the present as well as private commissions for his sculpture work. He has been recognized both nationally and internationally including the prestigious Stone Sculpture Triennale 2012. He is president of the board of the Warehouse Arts District Association and Master Plan Committee for the Warehouse Arts District and Keep St. Pete Local. His work Ascent, a design collaboration with Florida Artist Hall of Famer Christopher Still, is currently installed at the Opal Sands Resort. Aeling writes “the wonder of sculpture is that it combines chemistry, math, physics and engineering as well as a wide range of creative processes.”
Mark Aeling of MGA Sculpture Studio will be completing several commissioned sculpture for the first half of the summer. Following these projects He will use the fellowship funds to begin work on a couple of personal sculpture projects that he has been conceiving and designing over the past few months. These sculptures will be large scale metal fabrications and you can follow the progress on RapidReturns.org