Gracing the front of a fire station, "The Iron Roof" is an abstract representation of the protective/sheltering role the fire department plays in the community. Held in place by a web of cables representing the numerous supports that keep the fire department operational, the massive rusted iron roof serves as a shield held in place by the community which it serves. The three sculptural elements subtly form an abstracted fireman's helmet when viewed from a distance. Dimensions: 12' x 8.5' x 14' Material: Stainless steel and aluminum.
Artwork was desired to enhance this fire station in Raleigh, NC. The artwork was intended to announce the fire station and communicate the mission to viewers.
An abstract treatment was specified by the stakeholders which presented an interesting challenge as most “firefighting staff” seemed to be more naturally receptive to a more representational type artwork. Much discussion was required between myself and fire department leadership as I developed my vision for this work.
Share Via Email
CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art
The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.
[ manifesto ]
Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.