10/17/16

Things are starting to take shape.  It’s time consuming yet rewarding to see the progress.  

Things are starting to take shape.  It’s time consuming yet rewarding to see the progress.

 

At this points we have all the lips there but it needs more information around the edges to do what I have in mind.

At this points we have all the lips there but it needs more information around the edges to do what I have in mind.

Now we are adding a few here and there while it’s in the mold then taking a look and adding more.  It’s a back and forth process to get it to feel right.  The guys are doing a little surfacing to get rid of the heat marks from the welds so we can get a better idea of how it’s going to look.

Now we are adding a few here and there while it’s in the mold then taking a look and adding more.  It’s a back and forth process to get it to feel right. 

The guys are doing a little surfacing to get rid of the heat marks from the welds so we can get a better idea of how it’s going to look.

As you can see we have installed a mounting system so it’s floating on the wall.  The table it was sitting on was distracting…

As you can see we have installed a mounting system so it’s floating on the wall.  The table it was sitting on was distracting…

I lit it up for Artwork to see how it looks.  It’s not done but getting there. We have added some butterflies on the wall.  I’m trying to decide how far I want to go with the narrative.

I lit it up for Artwork to see how it looks.  It’s not done but getting there. We have added some butterflies on the wall.  I’m trying to decide how far I want to go with the narrative.

9/14/16

Here we have the fiberglass mold reinforced with plywood ready for disassembly.

Here we have the fiberglass mold reinforced with plywood ready for disassembly.

This shot represents the mold with the sides removed.  The next step is to clean up the edges and separate it from the pattern.

This shot represents the mold with the sides removed.  The next step is to clean up the edges and separate it from the pattern.

While we were fabricating the mold we have also been preparing a computer program to water jet cut the butterflies from a sheet of stainless steel.

While we were fabricating the mold we have also been preparing a computer program to water jet cut the butterflies from a sheet of stainless steel.

It’s an amazing process.  It combines water that is sprayed at 45,000 psi combined with garnet abrasive.  The dark in the center of the shapes is the garnet residue.

It’s an amazing process.  It combines water that is sprayed at 45,000 psi combined with garnet abrasive.  The dark in the center of the shapes is the garnet residue.

This is the box of butterflies after being tumbled in a stone tumbler to surface the pieces and remove sharp edges.  660 butterflies in all!

This is the box of butterflies after being tumbled in a stone tumbler to surface the pieces and remove sharp edges.  660 butterflies in all!

Here you can see the surface of the mold.  It is a negative version of the lips.  We have put a layer of foil on the surface to protect from the welding process.  

Here you can see the surface of the mold.  It is a negative version of the lips.  We have put a layer of foil on the surface to protect from the welding process.

 

We are hand forming each individual butterfly to match the contour of the mold and welding it from the back.

We are hand forming each individual butterfly to match the contour of the mold and welding it from the back.

This is a very labor intensive process as the stainless likes to move when heated so many adjustments must be made.

This is a very labor intensive process as the stainless likes to move when heated so many adjustments must be made.

This area covered represents 3 guys working for 4 days.  Yeah it takes a long time… This is what the surface looks like to date.  you can see the shape of the lips beginning to emerge.

This area covered represents 3 guys working for 4 days.  Yeah it takes a long time…

This is what the surface looks like to date.  you can see the shape of the lips beginning to emerge.

The dark circles from the welds will be removed when the welding is complete.  We will cover the entire area of the lips and onto the surrounding skin surface before we are done.  

The dark circles from the welds will be removed when the welding is complete.  We will cover the entire area of the lips and onto the surrounding skin surface before we are done.  

8/31/16

We are making final surface preparations for casting a fiberglass mold of the lips.

We are making final surface preparations for casting a fiberglass mold of the lips.

Here is the mold form being assembled.

Here is the mold form being assembled.

This small wing cut out represents the beginning of a scale prototype for another project that will be formed in aluminum.  This wing will be contoured like a wing surface and cut into sections to inform the creation of a full scale jig that will be used to guide the contours of the aluminum.

This small wing cut out represents the beginning of a scale prototype for another project that will be formed in aluminum.  This wing will be contoured like a wing surface and cut into sections to inform the creation of a full scale jig that will be used to guide the contours of the aluminum.

8/24/16

The final surfacing process begins with sanding and sanding and more sanding.  

The final surfacing process begins with sanding and sanding and more sanding.

 

Subtle surface details are added paying close attention to the play of shadow and light.

Subtle surface details are added paying close attention to the play of shadow and light.

Now we begin the process of creating a hard shell like coating on the surface of the expanded urethane.

Now we begin the process of creating a hard shell like coating on the surface of the expanded urethane.

A layer of polyester resin is applied, then a secret recipe of primer and filler and now more sanding and more sanding…

A layer of polyester resin is applied, then a secret recipe of primer and filler and now more sanding and more sanding…

8/18/16

This first shot shows the material laminated together and just prior to beginning the carving process.

This first shot shows the material laminated together and just prior to beginning the carving process.

Now that the first carving session is complete the urethane material that was very blocky previously has been transformed.  The intent of the piece is visible.  This is my favorite stage of the process because the intent becomes apparent and is no longer abstracted by process.  The energy of the carving process is visible in the roughed out form and I’m often tempted to leave the idea in this state but I have other plans for this piece and need a more finished surface.  

Now that the first carving session is complete the urethane material that was very blocky previously has been transformed.  The intent of the piece is visible.  This is my favorite stage of the process because the intent becomes apparent and is no longer abstracted by process.  The energy of the carving process is visible in the roughed out form and I’m often tempted to leave the idea in this state but I have other plans for this piece and need a more finished surface.  

Now the carving process slows and I focus on the subtle nuances of light and shadow as they fall on the form.  I need to catch the piece out of the corner of my eye as I walk in the studio and do little bits of adjusting.  A little more curve here, a softer line there and walk away.

Now the carving process slows and I focus on the subtle nuances of light and shadow as they fall on the form.  I need to catch the piece out of the corner of my eye as I walk in the studio and do little bits of adjusting.  A little more curve here, a softer line there and walk away.

8/10/16

We had a great evening shooting 'Budding Vortex’ with the amazing photographer Jorge Alvarez with Alvarezphoto.com A special thanks to Jorge, his assistant Derek and our model Jacqueline Amick.

We had a great evening shooting 'Budding Vortex’ with the amazing photographer Jorge Alvarez with Alvarezphoto.com

A special thanks to Jorge, his assistant Derek and our model Jacqueline Amick.

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?

8/3/16

 

 

 

The crew at MGA got an early start last Thursday for the installation of “Budding Vortex”.  We began at 7am loading the flat bed with the primary support pole and prepackaged crates that contained the 7 sections of the sculpture.  Each section weighs about 1000lbs.  We had the truck loaded by 8am and had about 1/2” to spare on the width of the truck.  It was a full load.  

The crew at MGA got an early start last Thursday for the installation of “Budding Vortex”.  We began at 7am loading the flat bed with the primary support pole and prepackaged crates that contained the 7 sections of the sculpture.  Each section weighs about 1000lbs.  We had the truck loaded by 8am and had about 1/2” to spare on the width of the truck.  It was a full load.

 

We met the crane operator at the installation site at Crescent Communities Westshore in Tampa at about 9am and began unloading the truck and prepping for raising the primary support.

We met the crane operator at the installation site at Crescent Communities Westshore in Tampa at about 9am and began unloading the truck and prepping for raising the primary support.

Once the primary support was in place and leveled we did a quick fit of the base cladding to ensure the height of the set was correct.  The base plate was then packed with Non-shrinking grout and we started to set sculpture sections.

Once the primary support was in place and leveled we did a quick fit of the base cladding to ensure the height of the set was correct.  The base plate was then packed with Non-shrinking grout and we started to set sculpture sections.

The first couple of sections were slow going as the lighting system had to be adjusted from transport and the first section of the sculpture set the mounting process for all the other sections.   

The first couple of sections were slow going as the lighting system had to be adjusted from transport and the first section of the sculpture set the mounting process for all the other sections. 

 

From then on it was smooth sailing with the remainder of the sections each taking about a half hour to place and secure.

From then on it was smooth sailing with the remainder of the sections each taking about a half hour to place and secure.

Once the cap piece was in place we were done for the day. The pavers were filled in around the base the following day and  the lighting was wired.  Then the base cladding was applied bringing the installation to a close.  Overall things went very smoothly do in large part to a great deal of planning and a really good team.  Thank you to the members of my team Christopher Padow, Ryan Michel, George Retkes and Jacqueline Amick for a job well done as well as all the folks from Crescent Communities, Superior Crane and Seminole Towing. 

Once the cap piece was in place we were done for the day. The pavers were filled in around the base the following day and  the lighting was wired.  Then the base cladding was applied bringing the installation to a close.  Overall things went very smoothly do in large part to a great deal of planning and a really good team.  Thank you to the members of my team Christopher Padow, Ryan Michel, George Retkes and Jacqueline Amick for a job well done as well as all the folks from Crescent Communities, Superior Crane and Seminole Towing. 

We managed to get some great press from for the install from the efforts of the Crescent marketing team.  Here is a link to one of the news feeds. http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=ee830a9a-5376-4f29-988a-788d18a54fc8

We managed to get some great press from for the install from the efforts of the Crescent marketing team.  Here is a link to one of the news feeds.

http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=ee830a9a-5376-4f29-988a-788d18a54fc8

7/25/16

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!

7/22/16

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

7/14/16

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 finished the preliminary assembly of the “Budding Vortex” and had it on display during ArtWalk.  Now it has been disassembled and the primary support is off to be powder coated.

We finished the preliminary assembly of the “Budding Vortex” and had it on display during ArtWalk.  Now it has been disassembled and the primary support is off to be powder coated.

The shells have been completed and were installed yesterday at Saffire Falls in Orlando.

The shells have been completed and were installed yesterday at Saffire Falls in Orlando.

We are now putting the final finish on the companion piece to “ripple Effect” for Baycare.  It will be installed next week. Busy days at MGA…

We are now putting the final finish on the companion piece to “ripple Effect” for Baycare.  It will be installed next week.

Busy days at MGA…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/7/16

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.

Nautilus Shell, painted fiber glass cast, 4'W x 5'W. Project currently in progress for Unviversal.

Nautilus Shell, painted fiber glass cast, 4'W x 5'W. Project currently in progress for Unviversal.

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Budding Vortex, aluminum, steel, acrylic, fiber optic, 24'H-4'W. Project currently in production for Crescent Development Group in Tampa.

Budding Vortex, aluminum, steel, acrylic, fiber optic, 24'H-4'W. Project currently in production for Crescent Development Group in Tampa.

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Budding Vortex , sculpture currently in production for Crescent Communities Development in Tampa, FL. 

Budding Vortex , sculpture currently in production for Crescent Communities Development in Tampa, FL. 

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

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