A Rocket sculpture
Moon Shot is a new public art sculpture project for the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, Art in Public Places. It has been installed in line with Home Plate at the baseball field at the Municipal Recreation Complex in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I like working with steel. Ordinary run-of-the-mill steel bends and forms easily and precisely, and it is very strong. Welding steel together makes very strong joints. It is easy to cut out mistakes, or to lengthen a piece that got cut too short. It can be cold formed—fancy talk for just bending the stuff without heating it—and there are special machines for creating different shapes and bends. If you heat it until it glows red, you can bend it or twist it or stretch it into any shape. Once it cools down it goes back to being very strong.
Moon Shot is a curved steel armature that is covered with a shaped-to-fit steel skin. The only straight line in the rocket body is an imaginary central axis. The fins are flat, so they were much more straightforward to build.
Go see it for yourself at City of Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Sports Complex (MRC), 205 Caja Del Rio Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Google map and directions
This video shows the construction sequence for the project: