MD -- Silver Spring -- Discovery headquarters (incl "Chompie" for Shark Week):
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Description of Pictures: Featuring shots of the shark on the Discovery Headquarters building in preparation for "shark week" on their network.
Silver Spring's going to need a bigger boat!
From July 17 to August 4 downtown Silver Spring will be celebrating Shark Week. To see all of the fun activities in downtown Silver Spring go to Shark Week.
DISCOVERY'S GIANT SHARK
The fabricator of the Shark,CMEANN, is the same company that put King Kong on the Empire State Building in New York City. CMEANN has provided these fun facts:
• The Shark consists of five pieces - the head (39' H x 50' L x 39'W) , two side fins (12' H x 48'W x 11'D, each) , a dorsal fin (39' H x 28' W x 11' D), and a tail (72' H x 24' W x 12' D). Deflated, each piece will fit into a crate 6' long x 3' wide x 5' high.
• They will be attached to the Discovery Communications Headquarters during Shark Week 2006, as though he is swimming through the building! If the Shark were real, it would be about 446 feet long from the tip of his nose to the back of his tail, about 113 feet tall from his belly to the top of his dorsal fin, and about 200 feet wide from tip to tip of his side fins. And he would weigh about 84,000 pounds ! That's one big Shark !
• Installation on the building will be done by a professional rigging company over a two day period. The pieces will be hoisted into place by crane, where cables and ropes will tie them down to the sides and top of the building, and to concrete weights below on the ground.
• The Shark is a cold air inflatable - it must be continuously inflated by air during the time it is installed on the building. It will take 10 air blowers blowing 2000 cubic feet per minute of air each to keep the five pieces inflated.
• It took 11,720 yards of fabric to make the Shark - that's 6.65 MILES of fabric ! Also 36.7 miles of thread, and 3/4 of a mile of seatbelt webbing. The only non fabric part of the inflatabl ...More...
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Description of Subject Matter: Outside Mural:
One of the prominent features of this building is a porcelain enamel on steel mural which runs the length of the buidling's Colesville Road side. The work, called "A Brushstroke of Discovery", is 2200 Square feet, 180 feet wide, and 9 feet tall at one end and 18 feet at the other end. It was done by Narcissus Quagliatain 2003 with co-credits given to Esmaltados Alfher ("Porcelain enamel on steel, manufacturing and silk-screen process, Mexico City") and Pablo Torrealba ("Silk screen and digital process design, Mexico City"). According to Narcissus web site at http://www.nquagliata.com/abrushstroke3.html:
The foundation of this work is the very simple premise that the entire history of our planet is but a single brushstroke on the immense canvas of the cosmos, and that life is in perpetual transformation. The theme of discovery runs throughout the entire mural as a thread that holds the entire work compositionally together and makes it flow from one image to the next.
This very large mural is in itself an innovation, because it presents a painting that can be placed outdoors without fading and lose color intensity. Painting traditionally is a medium that cannot be exposed to the elements for it's chemical fragility.
A meeting of art and industry:
In essence the mural is a fine art image that has been realized by adapting and extending industrial methods to achieve durable surfaces for the exterior of buildings with fired glass enamels. The mural has been made possible by the close collaboration of the artist, Narcissus Quagliata, Alfonso Hernandez of Esmaltados Alfher, and Pablo Torrealba, director of the silk-screen studio at Alfher, in Mexico City.
The work merges together into one event the disciplines of painting, photography, silk-screen, computer digital work, and the final direct intervention of the artist on the surface of the work.
In the context of a life dedicated to imagin ...More...
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SSDISC_060727_32.JPG: Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring during "Shark Week"
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2006 photos: Equipment this year: I was using all six Fuji cameras at various times -- an S602Zoom, two S7000s,a S5200, an S9000, and an S9100. The majority of pictures this year were taken with the S9000. I have to say, the S7000s was the best camera I've used up to this point..
Trips this year: Florida (two separate trips including Lotusphere and taking care of mom), three weeks out west (including Yellowstone), Williamsburg, San Diego (comic book convention), and Georgia.
Number of photos taken this year: 183,000.