Construction of Nave

Now that my new sculpture, Nave, is installed on the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, where it can be seen for the next six months, I want to acknowledge all the craftspeople and businesses who contributed to the fabrication and installation of the project, listed here more or less in chronological order.

Christopher Lenaerts of Lenaerts Fine Woodworking served as Project Manager, working with me from conception to installation in all phases of design, model-building, construction, problem-solving, and finding resources and materials. He assumed responsibility for the construction, schedule, logistics, subcontractors, and engineering details, as well as for the craftsmanship and aesthetics of the finished product.

Glenn Leonard of Leonard’s Fine Woodworks in Southampton MA worked with Christopher in the construction and installation. Mike Chermesino of Worthington, MA came on for the last month of fabrication, along with Dave Grace of Ashfield, MA.

Tris Metcalfe of Metcalfe Associates consulted with us on the design, construction methods and engineering specifications for the project. In the early stages of conception advice was offered by Todd Lynch of Ecotropy and landscape architect Jon Henson.

Bill Kelly of Kelly’s Meadow Wood in Goshen, MA, offered technical advice for the fabrication of the infrastructure and milled the wood for it with Christopher.

Lyman Sheet Metal in Southampton, MA fabricated the aluminum panels and numerous smaller parts such as chain plates and roof pans. Kevin West managed the project, and Glenn, Keith and Tommy did the cutting, welding and buffing of the panels.

Santini Brothers Iron Works in Medford, MA fabricated and delivered the two steel bases for the sculptures.

Mark Stein of LandMark Company, Hatfield, MA applied finish to the aluminum panels, and researched, ordered and mixed the materials for the surfaces of the sculpture.

Jerry Sawma and Scott Wallace of Bear River Timber Frame, Conway, MA conducted tests and applied the polymer-gypsum material to the surfaces of the sculpture.

John Symanski of Symanski Materials Handling in Easthampton, MA offered logistical, rigging advice and transported the sculpture from the studio to the Plaza in Boston.