I think that most artists and designers would be shocked at the creative options available from Banker Wire," says Daniel Mihalyo, artist at Lead Pencil Studio. "We were left feeling awestruck by the craft, process and technical range available.
Banker Wire was chosen to help create a contemporary 20-foot wire mesh sculpture for a plaza in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Commissioned by Vulcan, Inc., the sculpture, titled Re-Stack, was designed by Seattle-based Lead Pencil Studio and was formed entirely using Banker Wire architectural woven wire mesh. Its highest peak sits 20 feet above the plaza, and lays 25 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
Lead Pencil sought to create a work that both acknowledged the buildings of the city’s past and suggested the structures of its future. Lead Pencil Studio creatively executed this approach by forming rectangular woven wire mesh boxes, haphazardly stacked to create beautiful sculptures. Banker Wire mesh provides the strength and durability required by the ambitious outdoor installation and the vast array of aesthetic options needed to realize the designer’s creative approach. Woven wire mesh’s unique appearance – which suggests both strength and lightness – matches the sculpture’s progressive aesthetic.
Lead Pencil chose Banker Wire woven wire mesh for its precision, strength and aesthetic possibilities. Nine different Banker Wire mesh patterns were used to introduce an urban street edge to the setback plaza where the sculpture sits. Large, high-definition lock crimp patterns with a traditional square mesh design offset the small, intricate details of the smaller lock crimps. With a highly defined "bump" at its intersections, Banker Wire's lock crimp mesh has a clean, crisp appearance, matching the sculpture's futuristic aesthetic. Lead Pencil Studio opted for lock crimp mesh both because of its beauty and Banker Wire’s ability to manufacture it in many different sizes. The variety of opening sizes creates different levels of opacity, light filtration and shadows for a truly unique work of art.
Millennium Tiles was responsible for coating approximately half of the Banker Wire metal mesh to give it a multi-colored appearance. The remaining half of Banker Wire's mesh was sent to Cleveland Black Oxide for conversion coating.
The many possibilities of Banker Wire architectural woven wire mesh culminated in an artistic masterpiece that adds form and function to the South Lake Union streets.