We are assisting with civil and structural engineering services for the upcoming Sculpture in the Gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The show runs from 11 November until the 26th of February and we are already busy preparing with plans and installation.
We are providing support for five artists, from conception and the preliminary design conversation through to the installation.
Rob Walsham, Principal Engineer, said “We have worked on a wide array of sculptures over the years. They are always interesting and sometimes surprising. The variety is huge; they could be steel, or rocks and moving objects. We have installed numerous artworks around Auckland city and each has its own challenges. Sometime the foundations need to be featured and sometimes the artist prefers the foundation hidden away underground. Communicating with the artist, event managers, site owners and other stakeholders to discover their expectations is the key to success.
“Often there is a building consent process required, which can prolong the project; depending on how large the sculpture is and where it will be situated. If the piece includes a water feature that also complicates matters as there are factors such as waterproofing, pumping and hydraulic engineering to consider.”
Our civil engineering and structural engineering services for projects include:
- Initial review of the artists’ drawings
- Provision of engineering options and solutions
- Foundation calculations
- Building consent process (if required)
- Onsite engineer for the construction and installation process
- Final sign-off
Kim Stretton, Sculpture in the Gardens event manager said “we host the longest temporary public sculpture event in a public space in New Zealand. As you can imagine it’s not just about dropping the sculptures in their allocated spaces. All sculptures in the exhibition require structural design and an engineer to ensure they are robust and capable of weathering the three and a half month outdoor exhibition. We are thrilled with the creativity and ingenuity of the proposals this year and we are looking forward to another stunning sculptural season.”
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