It’s Sunday morning and I’m at Coffee & Tea Collective in North Park to reflect on the first week of construction for #thewondersound installation in the roughly 60’ x 30’ gallery space on the top level of The New Children’s Museum in San Diego.
We made the first pencil lines on the floor, then snapped chalk lines to show where the bottom of the walls will go. We started with fresh white blue prints, and those now have dirty chalk stained corners from the constant referencing. (I love seeing the evidence of functional use with things like this) We have made adjustments in pencil to the plans, which later get filled in with pen. We speak in construction terms, which like many specific skill sets, has its own language...
“Here’s our plate line... It runs flush from this 10’ mark with studs at 16’ on center, with the king stud here. We’ve got the header topping out at 6’ 7” for the man-door with the blocking extending on either side.”
We have contractors coming in to “frame” the whole structure first, which essentially is like building the skeleton of the installation. It’s been a lot of fun to speak this language with the guys from Heritage construction to get this skeleton to fit the vision. Bill, Ernie, and Dave have been in the space with all their tools, and knowledge knocking it out of the park as we slowly build this strange creature of a project.
We used a huge truck with a crane attached to it, to crane the lumber from the street up to the top level balcony of the museum. Huge loads of plywood, and stacks of 16 foot lumber rising up through the air. This saved us having to walk all of this up the stairs, which would have been ridiculously tiring, and time consuming.
Chalk lines on the floor show a structure’s foot printPart tree house, part village, part undiscovered world, the creature moves from an idea to objectWe make marks, we draw and adjust plansWe crane in endless sheets of plywood
We build up and out, up and out
No longer Planning, we are Doing
Ideation to Action
So many people on board for this exceptional project
Good begetting good
Good leading to good
Good causing more good
A crew fulfills the ideas we made - we collaborate - we work together
Years ago, my ripped up jeans, my skill saw, my lumber found in alleys…
Ideas grow, a process changed, a sculpture expanded
The workshop series with the Community Centers begins soon
Families making things, learning about themselves and who they are connected to
Emi, my love arrives
We sleep in a cabin in Maple Canyon
I commute to work via walking trail and skateboard