The Steampunk Tree House

The Steampunk Tree House
Permanently installed in Milton, Delaware at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

A large-scale collaborative installation project by Sean Orlando and the Five Ton Crane Arts Group

The Steampunk Tree House is representative of a mutually beneficial relationship between people and nature: humans living in harmony with the planet and its natural elements. The House component itself is built of recycled wood, styled after the Victorian age of architecture, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne, wedded with the organic elements of nature. It is a house of mystery both familiar and alien.

Recall the dwelling in the film, City of Lost Children, with its trapdoors, hidden compartments, cyborg fleas, oil lamps, wrought iron hardware, keys that unlock secret compartments, lookout perch, and organically styled wrought iron architecture. The House component is built into, and is a part of the Tree in which it sits. Its semi-exposed skeleton is made of structural steel pipe. Recycled gears, gauges, pipes and other metal objects adorn the Tree and House. A tire swing hangs from one of its main branches and an elaborately sculpted automaton metal condor perches in its branches.

Participants can climb up the inside of the tree, through its branches and into the house by scaling the inside of the trunk or by climbing the spiral stair. The Tree’s windows and balconies offer a stellar vantage point over the entire area. The framework and structure of the house is forged organically, cradled in the branches of the Tree.

The Tree House may indeed remind people of a simpler, more innocent time. It may serve as a reminder of childhood, and as an example of how humans might live in harmony with the unnatural nature of nature. However, the tree is also meant to inspire critical

Raygun Gothic Rocketship

Raygun Gothic Rocketship
The Raygun Gothic Rocketship is a collaborative group project conceived of and designed with co-conspirators Nathaniel Taylor & David Shulman and the Five Ton Crane Arts Collective

Permanently installed in Denver Colorado. Check out Rocket Ice Cream

The RAYGUN GOTHIC ROCKETSHIP is an immersive rocketship base environment consisting of a tall metal rocket connected via walkway to a taller gantry with a well-defined lighted perimeter. Participants can interactively explore the rocketship’s three interior chambers accessible through the bottom of the rocket and the top of the rocket via the gantry. Aesthetically the project will be done in a rococo retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular between yesterday’s tomorrow and the future that never was, a critical kitsch somewhere between The Moons of Mongo & Manga Nouveau.

Pausing at the blast ring you notice the Rocketships’s fluid lines are a little jagged and have seen more than a few repairs. The riveted skin, though clearly well maintained is pitted in spots, its patina scoured with use. The three fins are 16’ tall and they are magnificent, every intricate detail of the scroll work, every strange world, space battle, sucker mark, and alien encounter is there.

You enter the Rocketship via a ladder and find yourself in the ENGINE ROOM. A tactile, subsonic purr embraces you. The Oscillation Overthruster seems strangely familiar, as does the rack of rayguns. You resist the urge to press the shiny red “Self-Destruct” button and climb up the ladder into the BIO LAB & OBSERVATORY. The dioramas contain strange creatures and alien specimens, some are carbon based, some silicon based and you can interact with them all. The meaningful groping of a furry tentacle and an insistent pinging noise motivate you to continue up another ladder into

Engine 32-1/2: West Seattle, Washington

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“Engine 32 ½”
an integrated Public Art Installation created for
West Seattle Fire Station 32

Website :: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

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Engineered Artworks created a large-scale fabricated steel version of a wooden toy fire truck for Fire Station 32. Inspired by historic fire trucks of the late 1920s and 1930s, “Engine 32 ½” has been modeled after the original Engine 32 that Captain Steve Sanislo operated out of this station for many years… a 1924 Seagrave Apparatus. “Engine 32 ½” is a custom designed and fabricated idealized version of a real vintage fire truck built to ½ scale with a toy-makers detailed aesthetic… endowing it with a sense of play, whimsy and imagination. The ladders of “Engine 32 ½” extend, stretch and come alive behind the apparatus, organically and impossibly creeping across the outer wall of the firehouse. The extension of the ladders behind the truck represents the speed and urgency of the Fire Fighter’s mission. The overall shape of the ladders emulate a chaotic abstract flame. Fire is one of the most important elements to man and a catalyst for many aspects of creation, and it is also one of nature’s most destructive forces.

Designed to inspire and reflect the surrounding community, this piece acts as a nod to West Seattle fire fighters of the past, and an inspiration to the future fire fighters of tomorrow. The location I have chosen is highly visible to the surrounding community and acts as an intriguing point of interest that will draw people in from Alaska Street as they walk or drive past the station. The headlights of the truck are fully operational, lighting the main entrance-way for nighttime visits to the Fire House.

Fire Station

Gertie’s Ghost: Tacoma, Washington

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Gertie’s Ghost
Permanent large-scale sculptural installation for the Tacoma, Washington Pacific Avenue Gateway
Website :: Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority

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“Gerties Ghost” is made up of 8 large-scale arch segments, in a style evocative of classic railroad truss bridges, and which by its very nature is suggestive of connection between the here and now; past into future. Approaching from any of the surrounding neighborhoods by train, by car or on foot, visitors will see in the arches a familiar reflection of the Tacoma Dome, a nod to the classic lines of downtown’s Union Station and an aesthetic homage to the classic industrial trussed bridge.

While we don’t condone octopus wrestling, we were inspired by the stories that we uncovered surrounding Tacoma’s faceted past. The overall design of “Gertie’s Ghost” is inspired by the mythical 600 pound octopus that theoretically lives in the submerged ruins of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. Eight Octopus tentacles rise out of the ground; an abstract representation of the “Ghost of Galloping Gertie” climbing straight out of the City’s historical roots and into the future.

Fabricated of heavy Corten steel, angle iron, plate and rivets, and solidly anchored in concrete, “Gerties Ghost” is built on a scale commensurate with Tacoma’s industrial past and in keeping with the surrounding landscape.

Sound Transit’s Public Art Program (STart) has selected Engineered Artworks to create a site-responsive gateway artwork for a new entry to downtown Tacoma, Washington near Sound Transit’s Pacific Avenue Underpass, which is part of its renovated commuter rail extension. This call was managed by the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program.