June 13th, 2012
Hanging mechanical clocks can be a little tricky, especially when it’s in an unknown location. Quite often the galleries will have rules about how you can puncture their walls. This is understandable, because after a few hundred screws or nails going into the same area over and over, a stud could be reduced to sawdust, and work could fall. In the case of my clocks, I need to use very secure mounting brackets, with screws; preferably into a stud. In the case of “Mechanical No.7″, three rather large lag screws are needed across two studs. This makes it very hard for most galleries to accommodate that piece, so I decided to bring my own wall.
This is the display for the Steampunkinetics show at the Animazing gallery. It has studs that are 16″ apart, just like the walls in typical house construction. The bracket was designed that way so a potential buyer will have no problem hanging it in their home. Of course if they would rather just take the whole display, that can be arranged.
To make this happen, I hired my good friend Keven Carter from CAR-N-ART. He built this massive display, including welding I-beams, finding a set of beautiful antique castors, and building the wood wall. All that was left for me to do, was put a tattered surface of victorian wallpaper on it, and hang. Now I just have to get this behemoth to NYC!