THE SCULPTURE CENTER AUGUST 22, 1995
FROM VISION TO REALIZATIONS
A series of talks related to an exhibit of scale models for sculpture
MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION
How to work with fabricators, technical assistants and other
- What can a consultant, fabricator, or technical assistant do for
- Consultant: Ideas, technical and production oriented.
- Interface at conception, stages of project, or at any point
where outside expertise and information is needed.
- Fountain: Hydraulic Engineer.
- Outdoor Environment: Landscape Architect.
-Structures: Structural Engineer.
- Least tangible of services:
- Can serve as fail safe to be sure ideas are realizable
sure to choose specialists who are "can do" kind
- Many fabricators can function as consultants in their area
- Where this is possible, it will be more economical.
- Fabricator: Realization of your concept/design in tangible final form.
- Bring fabricator on board early in project so technical is interfacing with conceptual.
- Technical Assistant.
- Two types.
- Concept/verbal - like a consultant.
- Functional, hands on process expert
- Knowing how to do something can save countless hours
- Work with consultants and technical people to define and
design commission concept
- Fabricator (if known) can be brought in here as
- Your ideas must be defined before costs can be developed.
- Before selecting a fabricator.
- Realize each fabricator/contractor normally has a fairly
narrow area of focus.
- Define the various materials and their focus (i.e. cast
welded, etc.) so you will be able to determine what type
of fabricator you require.
- You may wish to combine several processes - but must
determine where these processes interface and who is
responsible for end product.
- Determine where you wish to assume responsibility for any
- Most fabricators are willing to perform basic aspects
of a process up to complete execution
- Recognize the fabricator is a business and that you
cannot expect them to go beyond the quotation process
without some remuneration.
- What to look for in a fabricator.
- Expertise in the process being considered.
- Can you work with them.
- Can they meet your time constraints?
- If they are the best in their field but are backed up
for six (6) months and you need a three (3) month
response. Look elsewhere or adjust your schedule.
- What is their reputation on meeting deadlines?
- Define aspects of your project they can assume.
- Can they do multiple phases.
- Can they be responsible for installing.
- Working with a fabricator.
- Firm definition of what you expect, what they expect from
you and what costs are involved.
- Be willing to accept process constraints and yet seek
- Keep in touch with the process as necessary.
- If variables, check in at strategic points.
- Establish points where your input is critical to the
realization of the end product.
- Don't be a pest, but don't disappear!
- Realize any changes during realization of the commission
affect cost - sometimes up - sometimes down.
- Technical Assistants (Type B. hands on).
- Where you desire to execute a commission yourself - or
portions of a commission and need help.
- Check out credentials and references - talk is cheap!
- Be sure to establish controls - and understandings -
especially when working with another artist.
- Keep it your commission.
- Yet be open to looking at suggestions.
- Potentials of working with a craftsman.
- Keep some of your time open for more creative or
business aspects of process.
- Can raise quality levels of project where your
technical expertise is limited.
- More control than working with outside fabricator
(this does not necessarily make it better).
- Greater flexibility.