While working as a sculptor at Studio Y Creations I was a part of a team that worked on large-scale sculptures and storefronts, Calgary Stampede parade floats, etc. Toward the end of my summer work term I was adequately trained in most of the tasks in the shop, and was given the responsibility to take this project through the major production stages.
The 16-foot UFO was designed to sit on top of a dentist’s office, and was designed for assembly in 3 parts. The structural frame consisted of two large polygons that were bolted together in the “skirt” of the saucer, to which was attached the “pilot’s cabin,” concealing the box frame and U-bolt connections by means of which the sculpture was lifted onto the roof. Lorne Smithson did an awesome job of teaching me the proper way to weld steel channels, while helping me make the box.
I produced the frame as specified in the engineer’s schematic drawings, with a few revisions as to the amount and placement of the holes required to connect the steel to wood plancks, which were permanently glued into the styrofoam. The “pilot’s cabin” was CNC-routed and required only basic sanding and detailing work, while the parts making up the “skirt” were only cut into wedges that combined into a simple ring that needed a lot of sculpting to get a good profile. (a couple of people helped with this!)
I left the studio before the project was rubber-coated, painted, and shipped out, but had to make sure that the three basic parts were done and ready for the finishing.