Field Notes

  • FLAVOR BY THE BARREL

  • A collaborative installation designed, built, and executed on-site at Hot Luck Festival’s 2018 Al Fuego event. Inside a custom fabricated geometric base, Knob Creek brand whiskey barrels were manipulated to hold steel paddles and skewers over open coal flames, roasting the ingredients to flavor and dress craft whiskey cocktails for Hot Luck attendees.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: July 23rd, 2018
  • DRAWING LINES

  • An artist-driven, community-based public project, Drawing Lines was commissioned in response to Austin’s historic political transformation. At its core, Drawing Lines is an exploratory conversation about the dynamics of place. It’s a project about process that examines the role of contemporary culture in the transition and transformation of place. The project explores how art itself, as a process, can be part of the conversation about Austin’s newly restructured political system and embeds artists within the foundation of a rapidly changing, ever-evolving city.

    In 2012, the citizens of Austin initiated and … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 29th, 2015
  • UNVEILED NAK

  • Custom Steel and Glass Jewelry Case Line for Nak Armstrong’s “UNVEILED” event in Austin, Texas. … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 28th, 2014
  • LA COSMIMOSA

  • Resident Artist / Architect / Adventurer Spence Kellum led the charge on the large-scale mobile (kinetic sculpture) for the 2013 Trans Pecos Festival of Music and Love. Jack and his Marfa DBA campers harvested the red street sweeper brushes from the City of Marfa landfill, and Spence did the math and engineering. The sculpture now hangs permanently at Camp Design Build Adventure (HQ).… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • REAL ALE KIOSK

  • Real Ale Brewing Co. commissioned DBA to design and build a memorable bar / kiosk for their booth (amongst a sea of white pop-up tents) at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. From discarded whiskey barrel staves, Spence and Jack were able to develop a deployable geodesic-like kiosk, with circular steel bar, and locations for too many keg taps. We made adjustments to the kiosk for 2014 GABF that reduced the kiosk’s shipping weight and overall dimensions, as well as the time it takes to set up … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • FUN FUN FUN FEST

  • DBA Multi-Year Soft Seating Concept (or “Chill Areas”) for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • CAMP VOODOO

  • With the help of Contentment Camping, Butch Anthony, Mishka Westell, Jesse Ebaugh and friends, DBA designed, deployed, managed, BBQ’d, and tore down the VIP Camping Area (“Camp Voodoo”) at the 2013 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • TITO’S ACL LIVE

  • Four weeks prior to the grand opening of Austin City Limits Moody Theater, Tito’s Handmade Vodka contacted us to create a light installation at the venue’s outdoor bar. The first installation is made from over 500 vodka bottles of varying sizes, all held together with a steel band and lit with LED lights. We later returned and did a similar installation (with horizontal bottles) at upstairs bar.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • HOTEL SAN JOSE STAGE

  • This stage, which has been graced by the likes of Wanda Jackson, the Black Angels, Alejandro Escovedo, Dan Dyer, Phosphorescent, Patty Griffin and Amy Cook, just to name a few, can be erected and disassembled by 2-3 people. This project would not have happened without the hard work and input of Quentin Hughes, Lester Germanio, P.E. and John Davidson of Doe Fab Co.

    Check out the column-mounted cranes that lift the steel trusses into place.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014
  • LAB

  • Along with Robert Gay (Thoughtbarn) and Leah Davis, Jack was commissioned by Austin Art in Public Places to design, fabricate, and install this integrated Artwork along the 6-mile cross-town Lance Armstrong Bikeway. Project consists of 32 individual elements, including painted road graphics, signs with solar LED lights, benches, and tunnels.… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 26th, 2014


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