Fixed architectural facade commissioned by a video game developer to improve a very unappealing entry hallway into the reception area of their studio. The submarine porthole theme is represented in their company logo designed by Feng Zhu.
Constructed mostly from Medium Density Fiber Board (MDF) and Baltic Birch plywood, this piece had custom fiberglass ceiling panels, diamond plate textured vinyl flooring and recessed florescent lighting. All electrical was controlled by one switch. Thousands of faux rivets were used.
Featured are two custom fabricated Lexan tanks made with the largest available prefabricated acrylic dome hemispheres for the portholes. Fill with colored water, lit with colored lights and utilized a fish tank filter to make bubbles. These tanks were behind removable panels for maintenance.
Prior to painting, the completed panels were distressed with a grinder and carving tool. The base paint coat was rolled latex. The water based rust faux finish was applied by hand then sealed.
Fabricated as modules offsite in my studio then transported and assembled on site. The flooring was installed by Ken Cooke, the electrical by Mr. Del Castillo. The project took four weeks in 2001.
Photo by Mark Brown