July 31, 2004
Spent the afternoon working on the skybeam. I've finished the tower assembly: now it has four anchor stake mounts on the lower section and three cable mounts on the upper. I also installed five hanger bolts on the upper end as a mounting system for the lighting platform and ground the protruding ends of the main bolts. It's mechanically finished; I'd still like to sand it down and paint it, but that can wait.
I also started the lighting platform. I bought three stainless steel mixing bowls to use as reflectors; I was planning to buy the lamps to mount in them as well, but it seems that the auto-parts store I used to visit has closed since I moved out of Belltown. Oh well; I had plenty to do for one afternoon anyway. I cut out the platform itself, drilled mounting holes, and bolted on the reflectors. And yes, they will focus light: I was working out in the sun and nearly burnt my hand when I left it inside the bowl too long.
July 16, 2004
Time to organize the web site and add a more comprehensive explanation of the design. The deadline for random playa art installations is July 31st, which is approaching pretty quickly. The "Project Overview" diagram is new.