”On a glaringly bright June afternoon in Kansas City, I find myself standing outside a factory building admiring the effects of the Missouri climate on panels of perforated copper. “When we were constructing this we had a severe ice storm in Kansas City,” says my tour guide, Paul Martin, a mechanical engineer who had helped design the panels. “After it melted away it had the most spectacular purples.” He points to the verdigris streaking in the cinnamon-colored surface. “The way water falls down copper…there’s no way to replicate it.”

This begins an eight-page story in Metropolis Magazine detailing how Zahner began its journal from a small-scale sheet metal factory into a company producing some of the most iconic architectural works in the United States — and the world at large.

Read the full story at Metropolis Magazine.

de Young Museum, photographed in 2016, a decade after its opening
de Young Museum, photographed in 2016, a decade after its opening
Sheet Metal Magicians
Sheet Metal Magicians