Hunt Corporation

Submitted by Michaela Mahady

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Project

Client: Hunt Corporation

Location: Dallas, United States

Completion date: 15/01/2008

Artwork budget: $1,300,000

Project Team

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Steve Johnson

Rainville-Carlson

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Paul Hauser

Quality Manufacturing Corporation

Architect

Judy Pesek

Gensler

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Phillip Einsohn

Waterjet Works!

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Christopher Andrews

Austin Commercial

Overview

Lobby artwork for Hunt Corporation, Dallas, Texas. Setting for Foucault's Pendulum: 21' diameter terraced floor in marble, granite, brass, bronze and steel with a 15' diameter superstructure of steel, bronze, and glass. 5' diameter ceiling medallion in bronze and marble. 13' wide desk in cherry and ebony wood, brass and marble. 14' x 12' rug. 4' diameter clock in bronze and stone. 10' x 8' display credenza in wood. Lectern in mixed metals.

Goals

Michaela Mahady and Pegasus Studio, Inc. were called into this project by the Hunt Corporation. The client had seen and admired a lobby sculpture we had done for the EDS Corporation in Plano, Texas. Hunt was planning their new headquarters in Dallas and they intended to have a Foucault's Pendulum as the focus of the lobby. Our task was to design the setting for the pendulum. During that process we were also asked to design other lobby elements: the reception desk, rug, display credenza, wall clock and the docent lectern. In doing this project we worked closely with the client, the contractor Austin Commercial, and the two architectural firms involved in the building, The Beck Group and Gensler. As a final gesture the client asked Michaela to design the corporate china which was fabricated by Villeroy and Boch. Michaela is an architect as well as an artist and here, as in all her work, strives to design art that is the respectful grace note to its architectural setting.

Process

Design of all elements is by Michaela Mahady, Pegasus Studio, Inc. Michaela and Pegasus worked closely with all members of the documentation and fabrication team to achieve successful results. Fabrication Team: Superstructure: Rainville-Carlson, Inc. Floor Medallion: Waterjet Works, Inc Dee Brown Inc Knock-down Pegs: Quality Manufacturing Clock: David Hickman Desk & Cradenza: Patella, Inc. Ceiling Medallion: David Hickman Pendulum Mechanism: Academy Pendulum Sales Lectern: David Hickman Construction Drawings: Maury Stenerson CAD Documentation: Brad Kaspari Photography: Ron St. Angelo and Yana Pietras