Client: Stephen Perry Smith Architects
Location: Milwaukee, WI, United States
Completion date: 2018
Artwork budget: $15,000
Stephen Perry Smith Architecture
IT’S ALL ABOUT TOOLS: Milwaukee Tool Company
Stephen Smith, from Stephen Perry Smith Architects, commissioned me to create a gift for the Milwaukee Tool Company. When Stephen’s firm was in the final completion of a new building for the Milwaukee Tool Company, the firm wanted to gift them with an art piece.
After many meetings with the architects and the CEO of Milwaukee Tool, it was decided to incorporate industrial features found on the exterior and the interior of their new building. My design process then began on a wall piece.
I presented my ideas to the design team. I wanted to include the Milwaukee Tool red color that is found on all their tools and logo. I wanted to duplicate patterns of 30 Milwaukee Tools into a slumped design in clear glass. I incorporated two I beams in the design which drew the industrial look from inside and outside of the building. Wood, steel, copper, and a metal mesh were also included. After the overall design was completed, I met and presented the final layout to the team. All systems go!
This project was extremely challenging in its execution. I worked with two fabrication companies to assist in bending the metal support frame to be able to affix the fused colored and kiln carved glass. I also consulted with a lighting expert to come up with an interior LED lighting system.