Sea Cow Figure

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

Natural History Museum San Diego, California This figure is a full-size representation of relative of the Manatee. This installation floats above the viewers, suspended from a single overhead support. Working closely with the artist, Paul Benton provided all structural design and installation support services to create this realistic installation.

Seawalls

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

San Diego, California Features: Wave energy dissipation structures Beach access stair Stepped wall profile Taking a classic design of a seawall, Paul Benton used recent developments in ocean science to develop a new kind of seawall. Paul Benton provided all design services, construction management and obtained all Coastal Development Permits.

Pico Station – Los Angeles MTA Blue Line

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

Los Angeles, California This art installation on an existing railway platform of the Los Angeles MTA subway system was awarded to noted San Diego Artist Robin Brailsford. The design was awarded based on a sketched concept by the Artist, and Paul Benton worked closely with the Artist to develop a buildable solution. The owner specified that this installation could occur only on a weekend, so this led to the decision to construct the work as modular panels that could be fabricated offsite, and then installed quickly on site.

Isis Sculpture

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

San Diego, CA In order to provide assurance that a complex steel sculpture is stable and has internal structural integrity, Paul Benton provided coordination and structural analysis of this large-scale sculpture by noted abstract expressionist Mark diSuvero.

Ocean Beach Pier

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

San Diego, CA This art installation fronts a public parking lot near the Ocean Beach Pier. Jill Moon, the noted San Diego artist and set designer, provided a concept using flat and abstracted figures that were ideal for interpretation using cut steel. The design was developed to full scale with cut steel panels. Paul Benton provided the design of the figures, plate fabrication layout, and the foundation design, as well as onsite coordination.

Megalodon Figure

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

Natural History Museum San Diego, California The San Diego Natural History Museum acquired a full-size representation of a prehistoric shark for its permanent collection.  This figure has an internal structural frame connected to special connectors in the building. The result is a figure that is larger than any shark currently in existence, floating over 20 feet above visitors in the lobby of the museum.  Working closely with artists and the fabricators, Paul Benton provided structural design and project management to provide for the delivery, assembly and final installation of this figure in a building.

Hubbell Art Installation

Paul Benton Civil, Structural & Public Art

  San Diego, CA Features: Water element Sculptures Onsite environmental construction Walks, paving, benches This site installation by renowned local artist James Hubbell was provided in an existing park. Paul Benton represented the owner, providing planning and coordination of the installation. This kind of support allows the Artist to focus on the project and provide for the best possible installation.