Creating Monumental Art: A Journey with American Fine Arts Foundry

Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Office Building

Transforming Vision into Reality

Monumental public art installations captivate and inspire, blending artistic vision with technical expertise. One such installation, “Tunnel Vision” by FreelandBuck, exemplifies this transformative journey. Located in the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Office Building, the installation is a stunning optical illusion crafted from laser-cut aluminum layers. It invites viewers to experience an unexpected reveal, showcasing the iconic coffered subway stations designed by Harry Weese.

The Artistic Process

Creating such an intricate piece involves meticulous planning and execution. The process begins with a concept that evolves through collaboration between the artist and the foundry. American Fine Arts Foundry (AFA) excels in this area, offering a unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. Their team of skilled artisans ensures that every detail, from initial modeling to final installation, aligns with the artist’s vision.

Technical Excellence

The technical journey involves scaling up the model to its monumental size, creating molds, and casting each component. AFA’s advanced casting techniques preserve intricate details, ensuring the sculpture’s integrity. The final steps include welding and patination, where chemical treatments are applied to achieve the desired finish, adding depth and character to the piece.

Installation Challenges

Installation is a critical phase, requiring careful coordination to transport and erect the sculpture securely. AFA’s team works closely with engineers and installation experts to manage these logistical challenges, ensuring the artwork is safely positioned and interacts harmoniously with its environment.

Bringing Your Vision to Life

American Fine Arts Foundry has a legacy of helping artists realize their monumental visions. Their commitment to excellence and technical expertise makes them a trusted partner for public art projects. If you have a creative project that you want to bring to life, reach out to Brett Barney at AFA. They are dedicated to transforming imaginative ideas into reality, contributing to the cultural landscape with iconic art installations.

Contact Brett Barney at American Fine Arts Foundry to start your monumental art project today.

Tunnel Vision, a new site-specific public art installation by architecture firm FreelandBuck.
Tunnel Vision, a new site-specific public art installation by architecture firm FreelandBuck.
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