I was trying to figure out how/where to get the tires. One option was to collect them at different places, but then I decided it was probably more efficient to get them from a tire recycling center. That is how I met Mr. Carlos Luna, from recyclemytires.com He gave me $1 price per tire, which I found very reasonable. His facility, located in Linden, NJ was astonishing to me. I got so many ideas for future projects, materials, etc, starting by this amazing braid of tires, which I will for sure build in my studio with painted tires! (before I take them to the park)
Carlos and his staff were super friendly, they helped me pick the tires that were in good conditions (no nails, or wires) and his workers helped load the truck in a very space-efficient manner. Being a spanish speaker was definitely a good way to connect and bond with them!
Because it has a chain that will pass through it, we were afraid the chain would break the acrylic lids with the friction of movement. We developed a solution in which the chain will pass through an inner pipe tube (5 cms. Diameter) and then there is a protection piece of PVC (a collar) in the juncture of the inner tube and the lids. We made a smaller version of it, pushed it around and it resisted well! We also decided that I would use a galvanized plastic coated rope wire, which is perfect for this kind of interaction and also esthetically pleasing to me.
The engineering team at TREMAC helped me develop simple solutions that will allow the tubes to move and resist interaction. We decided to start doing tests and I realized I could access materials in a much easier way. (transportation, logistics, prices, etc) Also, that with all the help that I could get, it was a good idea to develop some parts of the project there and then send these unassembled parts in a consolidated container. Cost wise, it was efficient to centralize the production there, cheaper to send a container from Chile than to assume the freight cost of the pipe tubes in the US and the cost of some services that I would have to pay for (like laser cutting, etc)
There are 3 different tube pieces, which I will refer to as:
-Pushing pipe (pipe runs through a chiain)
-Triple bench (3 pipes are chained together becoming one bench structure
-Circular rotation pipe (pipe is anchored in one point only, so it can be pushed circularly)
I started working for Spartan Follies while in Chile, in December 2015. I had an in-kind donation of a Chilean metal-mechanic company (TREMAC S.A.) that agreed to give me technical advice on the project in order to ensure its durability. We started with simple tests with the tires, looking for the best way to link one to the other, and also trying the paint that will resist interaction with people.
-Tires need to be painted white before applying any color, otherwise, they won't be as bright as I want them to be and also I will use more paint trying to cover the black surface. (requires more layers of color paint)
-Drilling through the tires is pretty easy, but introducing the bolts in the holes is hard because of the wires that are inside the tire. This part requires a lot of patience and hopefully the more I practice, it will get easier!
-Another of my trials was to see how to fill in a ball with sand. I discovered that the only way is to actually cut a hole in the ball. This will then be patched using a plastic material. It took a while to fill up the ball, each ball fills up with aprox. 60 kgs. sand. The sand needs to be dry and it is easier to fill it up (which was not the case with this sand, which is why it got all messy!)