NEW

 

New Works

Here are my new series of Stabiles and Stabilo Mobiles in polished and brushed aluminum.
I have always loved aluminum, the magic material of airplanes and lightweight instruments. I love it so much that ever since I started making Mobiles I have thought of leaving them sometimes unpainted. I consider the Stabiles as models to be scaled for larger works but they can stand on their own...


Aviateur 1

Aviateur 1

Aviateur 2

Aviateur 2

Aviateur 3

Aviateur 3

Aviateur 4

Aviateur 4

Nautilus II 2

Nautilus II 2

Nautilus II 1

Nautilus II 1

Pent Up 1

Pent Up 1

Pent Up 2

Pent Up 2

DreamStream 1

DreamStream 1

DreamStream 2

DreamStream 2

Pedal to the Metal 1

Pedal to the Metal 1

Pedal to the Metal 2

Pedal to the Metal 2

Show in Healdsburg, California

Laurent will be one of the three artists at the Red Dot 2013 show at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts located at 130 Plaza Street.  There will be two painters and Laurent is the sculptor.  The show is curated by Janet Howell and Harvey Brody.

A reception for the artists will be on Saturday, September 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Laurent will be there.

More information is available on the Healdsburg Center for the Arts website.

Showroom

Showroom

With the curators and friends

With the curators and friends

Artist Reception

Artist Reception

Old and New Friends

Old and New Friends

Front Window

Front Window


This new 11' x 12' x 8' aluminum Stabile, "Blue Rondo", is installed at a home in Pebble Beach, California.



Below are photos of the maquette I presented to my clients.  They had asked me to think about an exterior piece a few years back and over that time I had put together many shapes in making a design for the Stabile.  When they contacted me this year, I gathered the parts I had been working on and hot melted some cardboard trusses.  Thinking back, I must say it required lots of vision on their part to see the potential of this design.

Blue Rondo rough draft view 1

Blue Rondo rough draft view 1

Blue Rondo rough draft view 2

Blue Rondo rough draft view 2

After that first presentation and before our final agreement, I presented a better maquette.

Blue Rondo maquette view 1

Blue Rondo maquette view 1

Blue Rondo maquette view 2

Blue Rondo maquette view 2

Blue Rondo maquette view 3

Blue Rondo maquette view 3

Blue Rondo maquette view 4

Blue Rondo maquette view 4

Blue Rondo maquette view 5

Blue Rondo maquette view 5

The first step was to create a 3D CAD rendition of the model.  The work was done by Paul Rosewall at Rinaldi Tile and Marble in Watsonville.  Paul did a fantastic job not only converting the different scans into usable files but also adding elements to the different cut parts so as to aid in the fabrication.  The waterjet bed at Rinaldi's was too short for this project, so the cutting was done at Large's Metal Fabrication, also in Watsonville.  The TIG welding was done by Fox Welding in Marina where Jon Fox and his team did an outstanding job.  Below are a few shots of the whole process.

Welding the base

Welding the base

First truss

First truss

Second truss

Second truss

Clamps

Clamps

Jon in action

Jon in action

Jon and Zach

Jon and Zach

Before Gussets 1

Before Gussets 1

Before Gussets 2

Before Gussets 2

All done

All done

View from the op

View from the op

Painting was done by Jerry Graham in Monterey.  With the computer rendering that I produced, I provided Jerry with colors swatches that he matched flawlessly.  Jerry has extensive expertise in custom auto painting and he did a fantastic job painting Blue Rondo.

Ready to paint

Ready to paint

Trusses

Trusses

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Photos of Blue Rondo installed.

Blue Rondo view 1

Blue Rondo view 1

Blue Rondo view 2

Blue Rondo view 2

Blue Rondo view 3

Blue Rondo view 3

Blue Rondo view 4

Blue Rondo view 4

Blue Rondo view 5

Blue Rondo view 5

Blue Rondo view 6

Blue Rondo view 6

 

 

Commissioned 10.3' x 8' x 9' Mobile, "'Round about Midnight", in Palo Alto, California which was completed and installed last November.



Below are photos of the different stages of the installation of "'Round about Midnight".

Preparing hooks and line

Preparing hooks and line

Looking for the right spot

Looking for the right spot

Drilling

Drilling

Determining length of the line

Determining length of the line

Lifting the Mobile in place

Lifting the Mobile in place

Voilà

Voilà

'Round About Midnight

'Round About Midnight

'Round About Midnight (2)

'Round About Midnight (2)

'Round About Midnight (3)

'Round About Midnight (3)