3D Studio’s Joseph Farais created this sculpture entitled “Extension Vehicle #2″ in 1988. It was a public commission from the city of Mountain View, California, and is located on Shoreline Drive between Highway 101 and the Shoreline Ampitheatre. Joe’s winning design was selected from a pool of 5 finalists.
The sculpture is approximately 23′ long and 13′ tall. The piece was “site specific” and was selected from a proposed scale maquette. The piece was fabricated and welded in steel and took about 2 months to fabricate.
Built at 3D Studio’s shop in Oakland, the sculpture was built in one complete piece and weighs about 4,000 lbs.
The piece was designed so as to appear thrusting out of the ground without a obvious means of support. To facilitate this, the actual support base and concrete foundation are buried 8″-10″ underground, allowing grass to grow around the base of the sculpture.
The abstract piece follows the form of Joseph Farais’ aesthetic, which is influenced by medieval weapons such as the bow, as well as the lyrical shape of musical instruments like the harp. This particular piece is reminiscent of a medieval “crossbow” from various angles.
The sculpture also has a unique “cantilever” composition which makes it extend or stretch over the ground as it reaches horizontally. These characteristics compliment the title “Extension Vehicle”.
The word “Vehicle” is used in a series of pieces that were created by the artist, that are meant to carry or transport the viewer’s thoughts into a creative area of perceiving the implication of motion within the piece or a possible action frozen in time.