Fabrication Game-Monument Lab / by Ian Schmidt

Battle of Germantown monument instillation shot. 08/2017

Battle of Germantown monument instillation shot. 08/2017

Part of my practice has involved for the last few years fabrication. This past summer I spent 8 weeks working on a project for Monument Lab in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The monument is commemorated to the Battle of Germantown in 1776 and is located in Germantown, Philadelphia. The piece was designed by the Artist Karen Oliver, who is the head professor at Tyler School of Art's Sculpture program. Working under the fabrication company RustFab LLC. and lead fabricator Tim Rusterholz, we assembled a stud construction frame that supported half inch plywood and then a final layer of reflective plexiglass. This project is the start of some of the collaborative efforts of a team of fabricators here in Philadelphia. Tim Rusterholz, Matthew Speedy and I have been making inroads on setting up uniquely designed and executed custom fabrication work. The piece will be up for the next few months and will be part of a series of art works through out the city.