DON’T HATE THE PLAYER

Submitted by Eventscape

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Client: TORONTO RAPTORS PUBLIC TRAINING FACILITY

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Completion date: 2016

Project Team

Artist

Niall McClelland

Art Consultant

Public Art Management

Industry Resource

Eventscape

Overview

Designed by artist Niall McClelland, these five outdoor sculptures are on display at the new state-of-the-art Raptors’ Training Facility—Toronto’s professional NBA team. Built using a mandrel bending process on 1/4”-thick by 4”-diameter industrial-steel pipe, they ranged in size from over 15 feet long and up to 11 feet tall. Each had approximately six unique custom bends, with a rolled steel backboard and 1” round bar hoop. Engineered, fabricated, and installed by Eventscape, they were finished with a four-part custom-colored epoxy-finish coating.

Process

The initial design needed to be adapted slightly to the limitations of radius possible with this rugged industrial-pipe material. In order to achieve the complex twists and turns of the design, single-axis elbows were assembled in a rotated plane. The Eventscape fabrication team worked closely with the artist to evaluate each unit, realizing the complexity while staying on budget. This unique solution was a combination of CNC detailing, an industrial bending process, and the skill of hand craftsmanship to build visually seamless twisted sculptures.