Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Week: May 6th

Spring has sprung and work continues on the Aqua Lauta Machine. I have decided I'm going to post weekly on progress, issues and challenges from May through to the end of June. Here is week one, May 6th.....

The Aqua Lauta Machine as it now stands. Can you see it?

I am reinforcing the frame with cross members and adding additional sub frame across the front wheel axle. This will improve the rigidity of the frame allowing for heartier travel and less flex during use.

 Also I am refining components of the sculpture I am not happy with either from a build quality, design or aesthetic perspective. Above is an example, these are the brackets for the small rear wheels. I felt that a better design would be stronger, and look more refined so I sawzalled them off. New brackets are desined, cut and ready to go. I will be welding them Monday along with the additional cross members.

Here I am carting off the bare frame back to the welding room. I felt like a surgeon rolling a patient back into the operating room cause something was missed. I assured the patient all would be well and not to worry.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Feast and some changes

Let me start by thanking Andrea and The Hamilton Artist Inc., along with all those that came out for the Feast event to directly support Artists working in Hamilton. It was a great night featuring fantastic proposals from some talented artists. I will say with a big smile, I won! It was a very close count and I personally want to thank those that voted for me. The funds will be used for powder coating the frame and purchasing raw materials for The Aqua Lauta Machine.

I look forward to presenting my sculpture next year at the Artist Inc., date tbd.

which brings me to the sculpture itself, namely the title. From some consultation with Paul R., from McMaster University, I have learned that my online research into the English Latin translation of the words water cleaner or purifier does not include the "S" on Lautus. Therefor, from this point the title will be changed to The Aqua Lauta Machine, Latin for the water cleaner machine.