Pathways

Submitted by Ellen Steinfeld

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Client: Roswell Park Alliance

Location: Buffalo, NY, United States

Completion date: 2015

Project Team

Artist

Ellen Steinfeld

EllenSteinfeld.com

Overview

Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY has a bike riding fundraising event called the Ride for Roswell that has raised over 40 million dollars for research. In honor of the 20th anniversary and Mitch Flynn who started the "Ride" there was a competition for an exterior sculpture proposal. My sculpture proposal was selected.

Goals

On the large stainless steel sculpture images of bikers are symbolically riding in various directions on different roads or paths. The sculpture's curved steel bands are representative of the roads the bikers travel for the event and are also symbolic of the paths cancer patients follow for a cure.

Process

After the model of my sculpture was selected I worked closely with a CAD programer and a structural engineer to recreate the model at different scales to make sure all weights, welds and connections were correct. The forms were then scaled to size and water jet cut out of a 4' x 12' flat sheet of stainless steel. I worked with and coordinated the entire fabrication and installation of the sculpture.

Additional Information

"Pathways" is located on a busy corner outside the hospital. It has provided much inspiration and hope to many people.