- This 10-foot-tall art piece at the north end of Mackey Arena is intended to be a gathering place for students. The concept behind it was “the energy behind ideas.” The original pencil sketch envisioned a boiler with rivets exploding. We modified the design slightly and also adjusted the scale so that there wouldn’t be sharp points at head level!
- To roll the metal, we bought a tool called an “English Wheel.” We were trained by the man who designed it, and we’re now experts at creating unique shapes with this tool. The piece was designed and built using “Corten,” which gives it a unique weathered look. The nice thing about this material is that it rusts, but it doesn’t rust through.
- Finally, we added LED lights that give the base the look of molten metal. The lights flicker like a fire. Thinking about the future, we made sure the lights would be easily serviced via a removable panel underneath.
Purdue University “The Flame” Artistic Forge
bo-mar Industries and Aussie Imports “Bo-mar Industries and Aussie Imports entered an agreement 4 years ago. This agreement required bo-mar to “re-engineer” drawings that used metric material stock so we could manufacture our products with stock available in the USA. Bo-mar also found several design changes that we could make that would allow them to […]Steve Nichols Aussie Imports, LLC