It’s been pretty great being able to be in the studio all day, everyday…even if there is no AC.
The posts allow for the big center gear to be attached once the other 8 sections are bolted together.
It took too long figuring out how I was going to cut the gears for the bank vault. I tried projecting them and using lots of math but finally found a gear generator app online. It allowed me to print the gears, spray mount them to the wood and then cut them out. It was still a lot of work, but it’s done.
Today I started working on a series of ties for bailed out banks. I’ve been intrigued by images of corporations, specifically CEO’s. An image I found recently showed the top three bailed out bank executives walking alongside each other. Each of their ties were remarkably similar, having a strong diagonal pattern. I also started to notice images of ties with tiny American flag pins on the breast pocket. Pulling up logos from various corporate entities, I found a recurring pattern; the color and overall design of their logos are uniquely patriotic. The Bank of America logo is very close in design to the US flag while other designs such as the JP Morgan Chase logo have a distinctive “trust us” appeal.
I also came across this website which discusses “The Power and Meaning Behind Bank Logos”
I used the JP Morgan Chase logo to create a repetitive pattern that I then transferred to a blank, white tie. The results were pretty good, but I am now looking to having them printed by the yard.
Over the past couple of months I have continued to work on the bank vault along with some other projects. The vault is coming along nicely and is in the Bondo (patching) phase. All the cracks and holes need to be patched before final assembly and paint. Because Bondo must be used outside, the cold weather has slowed down the process. All the pieces have gone through at least one patch and sand and most are on their second coat. I hope to get everything assembled for final patch in the next 2 weeks. It’s a slow process to make sure all the pieces fit just right.
To get through the cold weather I have started a series of drawings made from wood. Originally I intended to make silk screen prints, but after playing around with scrap balsa wood, I like the results. I am building 18″ by 24″ wooden outlines of major vault and bank intersections. The one in the image maps the location of Ft. Knox (the gold vault, not the military base).
In addition to these I am also working on several tie paintings. Neckties. I’ve been doing research on the logos for the top banks involved with government bailouts (http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/storysupplement/bankbailout/). Most of the logos used by these entities are red, white and blue and embody patriotism. I started noticing that most of the logos could be duplicated into patterns. After playing around with the JP Morgan Chase and Company and Bank of America logos, the repeated logos resembled fabric. Doing some more research on neckties I rediscovered that political figures often where an American flag pin on their left breast pocket to signify their patriotism and their ties to the country. I am working on incorporating these corporate bank ties with the American flag pins but not sure of the approach I want to use. The images below were made from ink jet transfers.
For the past two weeks I have been working on figuring out the piston section of the bank vault. There are 24 pistons which have a toothed bar at the tapered end. This toothed bar connects to a series of gears, which are turned by the door opening mechanism. When the door turns, the giant gear turns, turning the small gears, pulling the pistons in and thus unlocking the door. Needless to say it has been incredibly slow to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect.
24 pistons aka PVC pipe at 3.5″ by 24″ each
One section of the bank vault door. There are 8
Sections will be lined with masonite so that it appears solid.
Foam ends of each piston. These will be sanded to a taper.
Tapered piston rods. These were cut with a hot wire and just need to be sanded.
Have almost finished the structure for the door. Made a cutting error which meant I had to go back and trim a tiny bit off of every piece but in the end it worked out great. Have some new ideas for the diptych paintings I have been working on. I lost interest in them but am re-inspired. Also redesigning the website, which I hope will be more appealing and easier to use.
These images are the back of the vault. Extra wood was removed to make it lighter, but each section still weighs about 20-30 pounds!