Hemi Piston Street Lamps

The Art Story: When The Bainbridge Companies wanted designs about Dodge cars for the new Shady Grove development, they specifically wanted studies about the famous Dodge engines. Tj did a series of designs for sculpture, architectural ornaments and furnishings for the project. Though the “Light Dodger” was chosen for the main sculpture, they said the Hemi Piston Street Lamps were just too cool and had to be included.

Tj modeled the cam base and created molds for casting the concrete pieces, and CAD files were produced for the metal components. An original group was fabricated in 2015. These were set up in the “Six Pack” configuration for documentation when they were finished. There are accompanying designs for benches, wall sconces and bike racks that were not used on the project.

Background: Designed as part of a proposal for the Bainbridge Shady Grove Metro  complex in Rockville, Maryland with functional furnishings based on Dodge engines, these were selected to line the promenade.

Hemi Piston Street Lamps

Hemi Piston Street Lamps

The ½ inch thick glass globes were re-purposed from an old Michigan factory. These were clad with aluminum rings and skirt and rewired for high efficiency fluorescent lighting. The steel connector rod form was fabricated from C&C laser cut components and powder coated. The crank shaft cams at the base are cast concrete.

Cast concrete crank cam bases

Cast concrete crank cam bases

Hemi Piston Street Lamps

Hemi Piston Street Lamps

As they will be installed on the walkway in Rockville

Steel and aluminum fabrication on the Hemi Lamps. Patterns were built and all of the pieces were cut and assembled.

hemi piston street lamps

hemi piston street lamps

hemi piston street lamps

hemi piston street lamps

hemi piston street lamps

hemi piston street lamps

Artist Tj Aitken readying the Hemi Piston Street Lamps for installation on the walkway at Bainbridge Shady Grove Metro Apartments – August 6, 2015

hemi piston street lamps

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hemi piston street lamps

hemi piston street lamps

 

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