Project Info

UTC Sculpture

This large-scale sculpture was commissioned by Westfield University Town Center in La Jolla, California, as part of the redesign of the mall.

This piece was created from a single 10-foot by 3-foot sheet of copper using a method called Foldforming, an origami-like process moving metal into dramatic shapes.

After folding the copper in half, Pat used traditional hammers and anvil as well as a power hammer, creating texture and moving the copper into the curves of the wave-like sculpture.

Once he had the general shape, he unfolded the copper using a variety of tools. And finally, multiple layers of blue and green patinas were applied giving the piece a water-like look.

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La Jolla
San Diego
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A maquette to show the client before starting work.
Annealing the copper sheet
Hammering the heated copper after it has been folded.
Heating the folded copper.
Hand-hammering the copper as it begins to curve.
Opening the fold.
Placing on the base.
Playing with color.
Finally at home at Westfield UTC.

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