Return Engagement: Exact Metrology Assists Famous Artist
with Can Do Attitude
Norikazu “Tom” Tsuchiya is a nationally known artist recognized for preserving history in 3D—in particular by creating images of significant people as sculptures. Some of his best known bronze sculptures include:
- The Cincinnati Reds’ Legends of Crosley Field—life-sized statues of Frank Robinson, Ted Kluszewski, Joe Nuxhall and Ernie Lombardi at Great American Ball Park
- D’Artagnan and St. Xavier at Xavier University
- The National Football League’s “Madden Most Valuable Protectors” Award—a 102 pound statue (built to be a metaphorical representation of a fortress) which is presented to the team with the best offensive line
- Famous Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench at the Reds’ Hall of Fame
Another famous piece Tom designed is “Atlas Recycled”—a sculpture of the mythical Greek titan bearing the earth on his shoulders. This earth though doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. Made primarily from reused materials itself, the sculpture features a hidden door on the globe portion to allow the recyclable contents to be removed.
Recently, Exact Metrology had the privilege of being a part of Tom’s “Spirit of Christ” stainless steel sculpture which was dedicated in the honor of Professor Loren Baker outside the Earl and Virginia Green Art Gallery on the campus of Biola University.
Comprised of 12 cylinders welded together, this sculpture was inspired in part by his “Atlas Recycled” as it too doubles as a receptacle—only this time it holds canned goods to feed the needy. The cylinders actually represent the 12 baskets used by the disciples to feed the 5,000 as depicted in the Bible. At the same time, the cylinders have removable panels to enable them to receive canned goods.
Another interesting note is that the cylinders are arranged to form the body of a fish, with a tail piece added to complete the image.
In the photo at right, Exact Metrology’s John Legleu is shown using a ROMER Absolute Arm 7 Axis SI with integrated scanner to document a miniature cardboard template of the sculpture. The data was captured in STL file format and enlarged to the size Tom needed.
He and his team from Advanced Welding then manipulated and referenced via a free PolyWorks l Viewer™ in order to more effectively, efficiently and precisely bring the “Spirit of Christ” concept to reality.
Tom chooses to work with Exact Metrology because he knows our range of equipment and services will always be able to cover his 3D scanning needs from white light to laser-based.
Exact Metrology is proud to be a part of these types of projects which not only advance the capabilities of metrology but also showcase the enormous talents of incredibly gifted artists and humanitarians like Tom Tsuchiya.