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RE: Sculpture support problem

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Working for Disney I get some things which can not be done as they are first
visualized. We usually work out a solution with the creative side which
works for all. Get with the sculptor and talk about your problems in
supporting the structure. Sometimes they compromise and some times they come
up with new ideas. Its amazing we always build something both sides can live

Acie Chance

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> From: 	John Schwarz[SMTP:jschwarz(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: 	Tuesday, November 10, 1998 12:24 PM
> To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: 	Sculpture support problem
> I'm a long time 'listener', first time 'caller'.
> I have a client who was commissioned to produce a bronze sculpture of a
> running horse.  The man forging the beast has had some previous experience
> with sculptures and was planning to 'design' the supports himself.
> However, when the artist/sculptor was finished, the fabricator was no
> longer comfortable with the responsibility of providing/designing the
> support.  This is because the RUNNING horse has only one hoof on the
> ground (accompanying leg at about 40 degree angle with the ground) and the
> other three are at various horse-leg angles some distance above the
> ground... and it weighs around 2000 lb.
> <Enter structural engineer>.  The fabricator would like me to be able to
> get a 1" diameter rod (stainless steel?) to work because it would fit
> nicely inside the joints of the legs.  As you can probably imagine, a 1"
> dia rod isn't working.  I have determined through a 3d model that I'm
> going to need the equivalent of about 2 1/2" in solid diameter to work.  I
> could utilize the bronze leg shells but they, in conjunction with the 1"
> rod still don't cut it.  I am at a loss.  
> I wonder if any of you have either had similar experience or have some
> advice.
> Thanks in advance,
> John