The entire sculpture will be fabricated out of stainless steel.
To begin, artist Donald Gunn sent templates of his designs to the steel fabricator on Salt Spring Island. At the steel fabricators a specialized artisan cut the the designs out of a single sheet of solid 3/8 inch steel plate. To do so this artisan used a highly specialized steel cutting bed, that is immersed in water to reduce friction and heat.
Once the each design is cut from the steel the artisan then begins the finishing work. Freshly cut steel is very sharp and rough if not prepared properly, so the artist uses metal grinders to ride the surface of sharp edges and to produce a smooth organic surface that is pleasing and safe to touch.
Each element of the sculpture will be treated in this way. Once all the various elements are cut and finished, final assembly of the sculpture can begin.
Stay tuned for the next step!
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