Janelia Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute — “On the Back of the Giants” was commissioned by a departing HHMI President to symbolize the continuity of scientific work. This 18-foot outdoor sculpture is designed with elements that were water jet-cut from a 3/4” aluminum plate and connected to each other with slip joints. Each joint is secured with a custom bracket that is through-bolted with studs and fastened with shallow dome nuts.

All surfaces are hand-finished and clear coated to withstand the weather. The sculpture is attached to the top of a stone pedestal in the center of a large planter. Four computer-controlled lights complete the installation.

Scope of work included:

  • Design of structural foundation and pedestal and finish selection for the pedestal
  • Conversion of the model into a 3-D drawing and creation of STP file for 5-axis water jet Fabrication of half-scale test version and fabrication of full-sized piece
  • Metal finishing by hand
  • Installation
  • Lighting design
Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Commissioned to produce a kinetic sculpture depicting a massive brain with a stylized figure of the “thinking man” inside.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters, Alexandria, VA
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

Agency officials were concerned about the safety of the existing atrium balustrade design.

Ben Gurion University (BGU), Israel
Ben Gurion University (BGU), Israel

“Lateral Motion” is our latest project with artist Phlyssa Koshland.

Janelia Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“On the Back of the Giants” was commissioned by a departing HHMI President to symbolize the continuity of scientific work.