Instillation Day 1 - putting together the wooden bases on site, Installing Rebar supports into the ground, and filling the bases with a first layer of dirt.
In trying to stay ahead of the weather, we set out to Randall's Island on Wednesday to pour the concrete footings for "City Pillars". It turned out to be an exquisite day and everything went smoothly. My long time fabricator, Sean Hart from KBC- Design/Build NYC, oversaw this very vital stage in the process.
It may have been overkill, but in the end, I decided to hire a cement truck. Initially I was nervous about this phase of the project but my fears turned out to be ill founded. The driver was super friendly, punctual and managed to drive right up to the job site without incident.
Since we had pre-leveled all the footings in place, the cement pour was very quick and efficient. With the pour completed, we double checked to make sure everything was plumb and then covered our work in expectation of the rain.
With the help of the Amazing Debbie Unger from RIPA, Scott Chasse and myself were able to install 6 4x4 posts that will act as the structural support for the ceramic posts. Debbie's auger made quick work of the very rocky soil on Randall's Island. Once the holes were dug Scott and I were able to set the wood posts into concrete for support.
With the help of Scott Chasse from Calico in Greenpoint. I was able to configure the sculpture on my site directly under the Triborough Bridge. The stakes mark where we will drill for the fence posts which will support the sculpture.