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Color and finish selection is a detailed process between artist and client. Finish options are numerous, a few are presented here.
Below are images of the Master, which is a result of high-end 3D printing, aerospace level milling to ensure conformity for rotation, and hundreds of hours of hand work to finalize a flawless surface with an organic appearance.
Creating the 40′ Ribbon of Life will require a similar approach to ensure rotational conformity and a near Class A surface , including over 500 hours of hand work after production of the piece.
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The entire DNA piece will be made out of carbon fiber and weigh approximately 700lbs without the bottom joinery or turntable.
There are three primary ways to produce a large DNA sculpture: Fabrication in Metal, Casting in Metal and Carbon Fiber. Any of the following can be provided by Fields, but he believes Carbon Fiber is the best choice.
Fabrication is the cheapest option and for good reason. This method would result in no compound curves, be reminiscent of most fabricated public art from decades ago and cannot have surface continuity or seamless transitions between the rungs to the ribbons.
Casting can achieve compound curves and relatively continuous surfaces. However, to ensure global conformity of the geometry and surface continuity without irregularities such that panels and welds are not visible is extremely difficult and expensive. There is only one shop, which is in Germany, that Fields would trust to meet his quality demands, but this would be over 2x what carbon fiber would cost and still not have as flawless of conformity and surface.
Fields researched a myriad of materials and production methods in various composites and using the spectrum of modern equipment to produce this piece. The final analysis concludes that building the entire piece out of carbon fiber is the best method to achieve the desired strength and quality.
This method will produce an unmatched strength-to-weight ratio, near flawless global conformity, superior surface continuity and quality, and be state-of-the-art. The entire DNA will be made by a company that makes hydrofoils for racing yachts, as seen below. The price point of this method will land between a high-quality casting and fabrication.
Completion time: 12+ months.
A deposit will be required as soon as possible to meet targeted delivery date. The artist needs to secure their place in queue with the various subcontractors.
Preliminary paint and installation diagrams
“A number of years ago I was happily presented with an opportunity to fund the gift of a major art piece at Washington State University. The goal was to honor my parents who were both huge fans and WSU alums as well. The sculpture was a part of a larger project to renovate and rebuild our football stadium. The location was center campus adjacent to the stadium and major traffic street crossing campus. We needed to identify an artist who was prepared to understand how important this new symbol of our traditions and history would be. After a national search for just that right artist we selected Mike Fields. He began the process of research, imagination and design all the time working closely with our oversight committee.
“Cougar Pride” was unveiled before a crowd of several thousand Cougs and dedicated by Washington’s then sitting Governor approximately one year later. Almost immediately the incredible bronze became one of the university’s most iconic symbols…and most photographed locations. This project was a labor of love by everyone involved. Mike’s cooperative spirit and incredible skill helped us to achieve our goal. He is an amazing talent and a pleasure to work with.”
As chancellor of Johnson & Wales University, First Lady Kathleen Harney and I have had the privilege of working with artist Mike Fields over the past year. The university commissioned Mike to create a statue of a wildcat, the university’s mascot, to be installed at all four of our campuses. Mike is an incredibly determined and focused artist, and his dedication to his passion and career has resulted in a stunning bronze sculpture that has reached far beyond what we imagined.
Not only is Mike a talented artist, he possesses business skills that have endeared him to those at the university who have joined us in the Wildcat statue project. In particular, Mike:
• Has an incredible eye for detail, not just aesthetically, but from a business perspective as well;
• Met deadlines quite easily;
• Communicated well and consistently;
• Displayed a high level of professionalism throughout the project;
• Treated every JWU employee with whom he worked with respect and patience; and
• Created a high-quality, stunning product that is admired by everyone on our campus.
Mike is unique as he is extraordinarily creative and talented artistically, yet he understands client relationsand efficiency. From the very beginning, we knew Mike was the right choice as he listened, questioned us and worked hard to fully grasp our vision. As a result, he was infinitely successful in capturing our wants and needs in the Wildcat. It is without a doubt that this Wildcat is ours – the result of a true team effort between Mike and the university.
In our current strategic plan – 2017: The Centennial Plan – Johnson & Wales University has expressed our commitment to enhancing the experience of our students, from investing more in our athletics programs to ramping up our “school spirit.” In the short time the Wildcat has been installed at our Providence Campus, it has already created an incredible buzz amongst our students, faculty and staff, who are truly excited by its presence. We look forward to continuing our work with Mike to place the remaining sculptures on our other campuses, and would highly recommend him to others looking for an artist who can understand and effectively translate the needs and desires of others.
John J. Bowenn ’77
Washington State University just completed a renovation of our own football stadium. To celebrate the renovation, we wanted to commission an artist to produce a “life-like” bronze representation of a cougar, which is our mascot. We completed an exhaustive nation- wide search to find an artist who could emulate and invoke the emotions of being a “WSU Cougar” to all of our students and alumni. During this process, it became evident that Mike Fields was “top of the class” in this regard and thus commissioned him to complete this very important project.
Mike exceeded our expectations with the creation of “Cougar Pride”. The statue is located in our plaza adjacent to the stadium and has become the most prominent gathering place for our alumni and students. The project came in under budget, on time and the product was simply outstanding. As important, Mr. Fields was extremely professional, attentive to detail and a joy to work with. They spent hundreds of hours researching to make sure that they captured the exact look and feel that we envisioned in our bronze sculpture.
Mr. Fields also created a way for “Cougar Pride” to continue to give back to WSU with the creation and sale of the replicas of the monument. The sale of the replicas has proved to be extremely successful and has further ingrained the “Cougar Pride” monument in hearts and souls of our fans, as well as, generated much needed revenue for our program.
Again, it is without hesitation that I would like to recommend Mike as the artist for your project. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you would like to discuss their work in greater detail.
John Johnson Senior Associate Director of Athletics