Murphysboro Sculpture

Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell in Murphysboro

Designed by artist John Medwedeff , this public art project is located at the town center of Murphysboro, Illinois. Completed in 2010, the 35' long sculpture serves as a bandshell, creating a small amphitheater for the town's public park where musicians perform outdoor concerts.

The project uses the same technology and systems that Zahner designed for architects such as Frank Gehry and Randall Stout, whose building's surfaces require metal to curve and twist, all while remaining highly accurate from edge to edge. The system that Zahner designed for this purpose, the ZEPPS® Process, was used to produce the curvilinear framework for the Murphsyboro Bandshell.

Zahner used an Angel Hair® Stainless steel surface for its cladding, which was secured to the ZEPPS Framework during installation by Zahner field crew.

Photograph of the Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff

Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

Photograph of the Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff

Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

Photograph of the Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John MedwedeffPhotograph of the Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff

 

Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

Photograph of the Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff

Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

Fabricating Public Art using a Digital Model

The Design Assist Team modeled the project using the artist's maquette as reference. Zahner crafted a digital model based on the artist's physical model. The model's design details were further developed by Zahner engineers, dividing the model into several buildable subsections.

These subsections were then fabricated at the Zahner shop, and shipped to the job site. There the installers connected the frameworks, and secured the stainless steel skins to the aluminum substrate.

Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

Zahner's digital model for the Murphysboro Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell

Digital model for the Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Digital model screenshot © A. Zahner Company.

Digital model for the Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff

Digital model for the Town Park Pavilion and Bandshell by John Medwedeff
Digital model screenshot © A. Zahner Company.

Photogrpah of the Zahner installation crew on site for the fabricated ZEPPS components for the Medwedeff sculpture

Zahner installation crew installs the fabricated ZEPPS components for the Medwedeff sculpture
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

Photograph of the finished Murphysboro sculpture.

The final artwork is an exacting fabrication of its digital model.
Photograph © A. Zahner Company.

By using digital processes, Zahner was able to closely match the artist's original model, and produce a large-scale version in aluminum substructure with stainless steel sheeting.

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