Hendrix Mexico Sculpture

Jan Hendrix Mexico Sculpture for Private Collection

Produced using milled plate-aluminum, this sculpture is a permanent installation in Central Mexico, one of several projects by artist Jan Hendrix produced by Zahner. Mr. Hendrix has worked with Zahner on numerous occasions for projects in the United States, Mexico, and Qatar.

Completed in 2013, the latest Jan Hendrix sculpture was commissioned by a private collector as a permanent installation on the client's property. The human-scale sculpture features a lighting system designed to accentuate the polished aluminum surface.

The material is a plate aluminum, polished to a near-mirror finish. Unlike other Jan Hendrix sculptures, the artist desired a highly reflective aesthetic for the surface. Historically, Zahner has produced the artist's patterned thick-cut metal designs using water jet cutting, but the desire for reflectivity meant that milling would be more effective, preventing the need for additional buffing of the aluminum surface.

Milling the aluminum also gave the artist flexibility for how the cuts were removed from the material. Zahner worked collaboratively with Jan Hendrix through several different iterations, discovering that a special mill tip and machine speed gave the best finish. The softened edge makes the piece more approachable and touchable as a consideration of the artwork's street-level presence. The final cut features a rounded bevel and a polished edge which gives the milled aluminum surface an aesthetic of liquid metal. Upon the artwork's completion, Jan Hendrix mentioned that the chosen finish gave the work a jewelry-like effect, stating that the piece looked as though it was cut from pure silver.

Jan Hendrix sculpture for private collector at night

Jan Hendrix sculpture for private collector at night.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

Detail of the polished aluminum surface

Detail of the polished aluminum surface.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

Detail of the polished and milled aluminum surface

Detail of the polished and milled aluminum surface.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

Detail of the polished and milled aluminum surface

Detail of the polished and milled aluminum surface.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

Jan Hendrix sculpture at night

Jan Hendrix sculpture at night.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

Jan Hendrix sculpture at nightJan Hendrix sculpture during the day

 

Jan Hendrix sculpture during the day.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

Aerial view of the Jan Hendrix sculpture

Aerial view of the Jan Hendrix sculpture.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

View through the milled aluminum sculpture

View through the milled aluminum sculpture.
Photo © Jaime Navarro.

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