PAT DOWNING METAL DESIGN

Contemporary Artist, Blacksmith and Instructor

Project Spotlight - UTC Sculpture

  • This is the first scale model, just 6 ½ inches tall.
    This is the first scale model, just 6 ½ inches tall.
  • Annealing the raw copper to soften it before folding.
    Annealing the raw copper to soften it before folding.
  • Working under a power hammer to get things started.
    Working under a power hammer to get things started.
  • Close up of hand hammering – more than 6,000 blows in all.
    Close up of hand hammering – more than 6,000 blows in all.
  • Back to hand hammering.
    Back to hand hammering.
  • Open, open, open.
    Open, open, open.
  • Hanging up at MakerPlace for the final touches on the patina and the clear coat.
    Hanging up at MakerPlace for the final touches on the patina and the clear coat.
  • And finally installed at Westfield UTC.
    And finally installed at Westfield UTC.
This is the first scale model, just 6 ½ inches tall.
This is the first scale model, just 6 ½ inches tall.

 This, Pat's first large-scale sculpture, was commissioned by Westfield University Town Center as part of the redesign of the mall.

 

This piece was created from a single 10-foot by 3-foot sheet of copper using a method called Foldforming, an origami-like process moving metal into dramatic shapes.

 

After folding the copper in half, Pat used traditional hammers and anvil as well as a power hammer, creating texture and moving the copper into the curves of the wave-like sculpture.

 

Once he had the general shape, he unfolded the copper using a variety of tools. And finally, multiple layers of blue and green patinas were applied giving the piece a water-like look.

 

To see video of the piece being created, visit us on Youtube.

 

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