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Southend Airport - freelance work for International Sculptor John Atkin

The outline for this project was to collaborate with Sculptor John Atkin to create a place at Southend Airport for seating and the application of a sculpture to act as a iconic figure for the airport terminal and meeting place. The first idea illustrated on page one unfortunately was rejected by the leading associates at Southend, but welcomed a series of inter-connected steel light beacons and granite and marble seating. The beacons yet simple in appearence provided challenges in CAD and manufacture. Patterning conical shapes is not a simple process so an algorithm was developed with the help of PHD student Abbey Patterson using grasshopper. Abby Patterson is a specialist in CAD, the application of 3D printing and has conducted pioneering researching in the development of printed products for the medical industry. Working alongside Abby was a great experience from, which I learned and progressed a great deal. The sculpture was completed by break pressing patterned apertures and rolled to create their conical forms, which were then welded in to parts.


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