Beseech public art for the City of Vincent

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent aka The Big Blue Head
A Public Artwork for the City of Vincent

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Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey The work was to be positioned in front of a recently completed 4 storey building. Whilst not large in itself the building is much larger than those around it and is on the commercial fringe of a large residential area. By introducing an oversized head into the street scape I was attempting to challenge and reduce the mass of the new building and reduce its dominance.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

I chose sky blue as the colour for the work as I believe that echoing the emptiness of the sky will introduce a nice counterpoint to the tonnes of concrete that the work is made from and bring a piece of the sky down to earth. The sculpture does not look at the motorist driving by but looks up at the inhabitants of the building Beseeching them to remember their humanity.

The pose directed passer-bys to follow the sculpture’s gaze and consider the building adding to the presence of the building and indirectly to its commercial value. In conceiving “Beseech” I have attempted to create a work that gives something back to the developer of the building, relates to its occupants and is of a scale that allows passing motorists to engage with it.

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

This is the foam positive that was cut out to make the mould. The mould is in the background on the right. We will be pouring the work in two pieces and covering the join after it is installed.

At the last minute the site was changed! It took a bit of extra work but we took it in our stride. The work now has a lot more space around it and is in amongst a nice stand of trees. There is also a lot more passing traffic so I am very happy with the new location.

The new site is on quite a slope so we had to build some level platforms to keep the mould level. Here I am loading the slices of foam that make up the mould into the formply boxes that support them.

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

This is Janine from Holcim Concrete who specified the concrete mix and helped direct the pour. Because there was a large thick mass of concrete (6.5 tonne) in each mould we had to be very careful that the heat generated by the concrete curing didn’t cause cracks. The foam held the heat which made it even trickier. It all went according to plan, not one crack.
Thanks Janine.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

This is Stuart Gray who is a full time Building Supervisor and part time sculptor.
He does his best to keep me out of trouble and usually succeeds.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

This is John Giorgi the CEO of the City of Vincent keeping an eye on things.
I am explaining how the two halves will be lifted and installed. He got it.

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

We had to leave the concrete in the mould for 4 weeks to cure. Then we stripped the mould off.
Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

There was a bit of patching to do here and there but overall it came out of the mould pretty good.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

It was quite a complicated lift and in the end had to be done in stages. The first stage was to lift it vertically. Lifting lugs were set in the concrete when it was poured. All we need now is a big crane.
Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

Here is the crane from JGB cranes. We had a very experienced and careful operator. Slowly does it.

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

Just about upright. Once it is standing up the top lifting point is used to position it.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

The second piece is carefully lined up with the first.
Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

Mission accomplished.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

All that is left to do is to fill the join and paint it. Here he is “Beseech” keeping an eye on things.Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken SealeyBeseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken SealeyBeseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey Beseech a Public Artwork for the City of Vincent by Ken Sealey

Thank you City of Vincent and everyone else who helped me. I couldn’t have done it on my own.

 

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