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.

Mt. Soledad Veterans Millennium Memorial

Paul Benton Institutional & Civic

San Diego, California This Veterans’ Memorial is located on a sloping, half-acre circle of private land within a larger City park, atop the highest promontory along this section of coastline. Although ninety years old, the site has been continually maintained for the last 50 years by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association. As their contribution to millennium celebrations, the Association set in motion a major project to repair and substantially improve the facility. Particular emphasis was placed on enhancing visitors’ awareness of the deep and varied contributions made by so many individuals and their families in times of war — past and present. The design parti includes a series of 6 low walls, radiating elliptically from a fore-stage pedestal marked with an American flag. These walls wrap the steepest …

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.