the skinny by heavy industries - birthday edition
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Hi there!   
It's our birthday!  Welcome to the party. Balloons - 10th Anniversary  
The merry month of May marked
Heavy Industries' 10th Anniversary. We've come a long way since our humble beginnings, growing into a trusted source for designing, fabricating, and installing outstanding sculptures and custom features. With some of Canada's best known public artworks and most complex architectural projects under our belt, we know we have what it takes to play with the big kids.
Here's the skinny on how we're celebrating the big 10:
Magic in Portland

Nepenthes - Dan Corson
Production photo of "Nepenthes" by Dan Corson


Dan Corson's latest artwork entitled Nepenthes has just been installed on the streets of Portland, Oregon.  The artwork consists of four 16'-tall sculptures; identical in form, but with very unique appearances care of a custom transparent paint finish. The sculptures are made of semi-transparent fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) with an internal steel frame and pre-cast concrete base caps. The sculptures are internally lit with LED lights that run up the middle of the sculpture. The sculptures are completely off the grid - powered by solar panels on the top face of the sculptures. 


Dan's work blurs the lines among many things including fine art, architecture, science, and sometimes even magic. So it's fitting that Nepenthes is named after the magical Greek potion that relieves pain and sorrow. The sculptures are also reminiscent of carnivorous plants of the same name and insert an expression of nature into an urban environment.


Want to see what they look like installed?  Check out more photos and how they were built on the skinny.


A Look at Glacier Skywalk
Glacier Skywalk
Concept by Sturgess Architecture

This project, commissioned by Brewster Travel Canada, is of epic proportions. Now under construction, Glacier Skywalk will consist of a winding pathway clinging to the edge of a dramatic escarpment overlooking the landscape of the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alberta. Glacier Skywalk was designed by Sturgess Architecture with engineering by Read Jones Christoffersen and has received many accolades already.


The design was envisioned as an extension of the fractal landscape that defines the area.  The 400-metre interpretive path winds and curves as it leads to a multifaceted viewing platform suspended in the air 280 metres above the valley. A glass deck allows viewers to more intimately immerse themselves in the experience as they take in the vistas of the Athabasca Glacier receding down the Sunwapta Valley.


Glacier Skywalk Video Link This is a project Heavy is proud to be a part of.  We've been working with PCL Construction to build large-scale, faceted weathering steel features along the walk.  After an extensive 3D design and value engineering process, production and installation is underway.  


Watch for a follow-up to this project in the coming months.


Until next time,

Heavy Industries







Heavy Industries has been beautifying the built world since 2003.  As a custom fabricator based in Calgary, Heavy Industries has manufactured and installed some of Canada's best known public art sculptures and most complex architectural projects. Through technology, experience, and expertise, Heavy Industries has become a single source for designing, fabricating, and installing sculpture and custom features for artists, architects, and design professionals. In our world, iconic designs and creative places are built without compromise.

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Nepenthes in Portland
Glacier Skywalk
Wonderland & THE BOW
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Ballast Timelapse Video Link

Ballast is a five-metre patinated cast bronze sculpture of the prow of a ship located in the courtyard of Charlie condominiums in Toronto, Ontario.  The artwork was designed by renowned artist Jed Lind.
Learn more about Ballast from the artist here
View a production time lapse video of Ballast here.
Intersection of Art & Architecture
Here's an event worth checking out if you love Wonderland at THE BOW as much as we do:

An evening with Jaume Plensa, world renowned public artist, and James Barnes, Partner with Foster + Partners, which is one of the world's most innovative architecture and integrated design practices.  
Expect an informative presentation on public art and architecture highlighting the creation of Wonderland and designing of THE BOW.


Tuesday, June 4th 2013


Doors open at 6:30pm

Jack Singer Concert Hall

205 8 Avenue SE

Calgary, Alberta

Admission $20 
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 
Attendees are asked to RSVP to

Presented by The City of Calgary Public Art Program and the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design.
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