Architecture graduates turn to large-scale art

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But designing art on a computer is one thing. Turning it into reality is something else. The two business partners insist upon fabricating and installing their pieces themselves.

“We do all our metal fabricating, welding …” Buente explained.

Exchanging ideas, they came up with a concept to fill the six walls near those elevators with intriguing white panels and lights that follow observers as they move past, courtesy of computers installed in each wall and a fish-eye lens that tracks those nearby.

“It takes an image of the space every five seconds,” Buente said, equating it to a human nervous system. “Every part is unique, every wall is unique. We’re calling it a pleasant distraction to people who are visiting this hospital.”

In building it, the two became quite taken with the project.

“It was kind of sad to see it go,” Perry said, noting that strikingly high-tech as their work might appear, a favorite supplier of their material is Radio Shack.

Another big project they have done is a total of 48x16 feet of wall space covered with an abstract sunrise at Riley Hospital for Children.

“It’s pretty substantial,” Buente said of its thousands of parts.

The project they are working on now is “cladding” with diamond-patterned wood pieces a 30-foot-tall dome at Evansville’s Museum of Arts, Science and History.

“That’s another thing we haven’t done before,” Perry wryly observed, noting they are learning as they go, and that they had previously skirted a stairwell at the same museum with clear, laser-cut paneling.

Producing and attaching these new panels, he added, is going to take some intense effort and time, but they are happy to do it, wishing to keep control of as many facets of their art and growing business as possible. Their dedication to it and passion for it was obvious as they proudly showed visitors from The Star Press around, especially at a wooden surface where they had been perfecting cuts for hanging future projects.

“This is an undercut dovetail bit,” Buente said proudly, holding the tool aloft like a favorite puppy. “Pretty sweet.”

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