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Capers #10: Public Art

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 08-07-2017 10:58 PM 580 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This, I have seen, many times, driving by on the road, but I’ve never gotten close to it. Always thought it was steel. Turns out, it’s bent two by fours.

-- Mark



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#1 posted 08-07-2017 11:01 PM

What happened the Uber tip over?

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 08-07-2017 11:02 PM

wow very cool sculture,i never would have thought wood either,no pun intended-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 08-07-2017 11:12 PM

Wonder if they used steam to bend it?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-08-2017 12:51 AM

I tried to go straight from my phone to the forum. Silly me.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 08-08-2017 01:33 AM

Interesting twist! Mark….Sometimes i see those 2×4’’s at Home Depot in the discount bin!
About your camera … try holing it it the shutter button to your right. :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 08-08-2017 02:45 AM

Tony, shot in portrait mode. Thought it would work. Do better next time.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 08-08-2017 04:49 AM

Mark, are these laminated? It is difficult to tell for sure from the last photo, but possible. Thanks for passing this along.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 08-08-2017 05:51 AM

Tony, shot in portrait mode. Thought it would work. Do better next time.
Well how about this time? I want to look at your pickies without having to wrench my neck and then as a result lodge a claim on your Obama care or whatever its called now!

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 08-08-2017 07:59 AM

See what happens if you ask nice, Tom?

-- Mark

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#10 posted 08-08-2017 08:34 AM

I just read Boxguy’s words. Oh my. I think he’s right. They’re not 2X4s. They’re laminated. I hadn’t really looked that closely, when I shot the photos. Cool bit of work, nonetheless, innit?
This is in Brea, CA. A town that’s full of sculptures, made of many things. Usually, though, bronze, steel, stone, some combination. This is the only one I’ve noticed that’s made of wood. There’s another, steel sculpture, not far from this one, that’s more representative of the usual fare in Brea. I normally avoid going into Orange County, when I’m doing what I do. I just happened to get dragged there this afternoon. And, I just happened to have a reason (an available restroom) to get out of the car.
Well. Here’s the one I was just thinking of. I don’t have to go there. I found someone else’s photo of it on (get a load of this)

http://gisweb.cityofbrea.net/Html5Viewer/Index.html?viewer=breaarts

I’ve been familiar with this thing for decades. Brea is an old oil town, still producing, to some extent. It stands on a corner that was, for many years, across from a research lab of Union 76. The lab is long gone. But the sculpture remains, in the landscape of a 76 gas station.

Do you see the “76”, like I always have?
Wow. That was easy. I capered that one right here at my desk. Now, I’m thinking of another one, elsewhere. Wait here a minute. I’ll go see can I find it, too…

Here it is. Regardless which street it’s viewed from, it says “CSUN.” That’s Cal State Northridge – about fifty miles from where I started in this diatribe.

Too clever by half, huh?

-- Mark

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#11 posted 08-08-2017 11:33 PM

They are possibly LVL Laminated veneer Lumber used in the building construction game.
Look great just the same.

In Ausralia We had a pioneer in LVL who made some of the biggest free standing veneer beams in his time.
His name was Ralph Symmonds.

He had a veneer manufacturing plant in Sydney which was the largest in exixtance sadly the Olympic games held here in 2000 demolished the building used the land for other purposes.

Ralph Symonds Factory- first factory built on reclaimed land at Homebush Bay. [6]
Selling during hard times In 1931, shipments of walnut logs were sent to America to be produced into veneer. There was an outcry by plywood manufacturers because if the logs had been veneered in Australia it would have meant further employment for so many during the Depression.

There are a few of his works are still standing today.

Although the building is disused you can see the laminated beams inside the glass windows, I think there is a presevation order on the building.

-- Regards Robert

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#12 posted 08-09-2017 12:53 AM

I bet those 4X2’s (as we say down under) screamed when they were twisted. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 08-09-2017 01:59 AM

Grumpy hasn’t been reading the words, has he?

-- Mark

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#14 posted 08-09-2017 04:36 PM

Nice sculpture. The sure do look laminated. Must have been some big forms to clamp them too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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