The products made by Baker Wire, a Mukwanago-based maker of woven wire fabric used in architectural and industrial applications, have been used for architectural and aesthetic improvements to the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas.
The artist Stuart Allen selected Baker Wire’s woven wire products to affix his suspended panel illustrations to several of the River Walk’s underpasses. Allen’s illustrations appear to shift and morph as pedestrians walk beneath them.
The 40 by 100 foot installations feature 300 individual stainless steel panels, each enclosing five layers of woven architectural mesh. The three inner layers of mesh are treated with powder-coated color offering the illusion. A total of 2,400 square feet of stainless steel wire mesh was used.
“The Banker Wire stainless steel wire mesh had a perfect balance of wire spacing and diameter for my efforts challenging the boundaries between art and architecture,” Allen said. “The material required for the project needed to be storm and weather resistant. Banker Wire provided excellent product in a very timely and cost-effective manner. They even rushed samples to me to test my applications beforehand.”