Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Process Behind Building a Mini Golf Hole

Ever wonder what it takes to build a mini golf hole? Well, I can't speak for all builders, but here was the process behind Can You Handle This? at the Walker's Artist Designed Mini Golf course that is up in the sculpture garden all summer.
Rendering made in Rhino.

This shape was routed out from the middle of each daisy half to hold a steel frame.

Top half of daisy gets CNC router.

Both halves get sandwiched together.

Giant custom hot-wire cut styrofoam cylinder.

The top part of the can gets routed in slices.

Then stacked together.

Same with the spout...

Then it all gets glued and sanded.

Test cardboard loop.

Real loop made of bendable plywood.

Testing angles.

The bottom gets bolts.

The daisies get hardcoated, primed and painted.

Construction of the actual structure begins.

More testing of angles.

The lower putting green gets built.

Fences get added.

Many, many days of fiberglassing summed up in one photo.

Two coats of yellow gel coat get sprayed on.

A little grass!

On site install.

A railing gets added for safety.

And voila!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Keys 4/4 Kids Pianos on Parade

I just finished a full weekend of painting a piano for Keys 4/4 Kids Pianos on Parade in the Rotunda at the Mall of America. There were a total of 15 pianos, each with a different artist mentor and student. I had the honor of working with 2nd grader Nia Stiggers. This year's theme was "Color Coded" and our color was black. We decided to do a penguin party. After three initial meetings full of brainstorming and drawing, we were all set to start painting on Saturday morning. It was lots of work, but Nia was full of energy and up for the challenge! The pianos will be place in various locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul throughout the summer for the public to play. Our piano's location is TBA.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Can You Handle This?"

Yesterday we spent the day installing my mini golf hole for the Walker Art Center's Artist Designed Mini Golf 2013. Everything went smoothly and we are almost done, just a few finishing touches to finish up this morning. I've been working on building the hole for the last 3 months (process photos to come) and it's exciting to see it all together. And the best part is, it plays great! Come out this summer to play the course and give it a shot.