The location, purposes and material of fine architectural and public inscriptions make for a larger canvas than a single headstone. In addition to meetings with the architects and/or owners to develop suitable letterforms, full scale shop drawings and often sample lettering in the very material are necessary to make certain the decisions are good ones. We always need to darken exterior lettering in limestone, granite, marble or even concrete for readability.  If the skin of a building is unsuitable for carving, shaping letterforms out of stainless steel or bronze may be the least obtrusive way of accomplishing the goal. We do most architectural work in situ, or on-site.

Lettercarving on site: The University of Colorado at Boulder asked me to carve the name of their new Leeds School of Business building on site. The letters are 12" high, v-cut into limestone and slightly darkened for readability.
LIMESTONE, BOULDER, COLORADO

Lettercarving on site: The University of Colorado at Boulder asked me to carve the name of their new Leeds School of Business building on site. The letters are 12" high, v-cut into limestone and slightly darkened for readability.

Close-up of the letters as they emerge.

Close-up of the letters as they emerge.

Beginning to darken the finished lettering.
PHOTO: CASEY A. CASS/CU BOULDER

Beginning to darken the finished lettering.

This stone pier is in deep shade...perfect for exterior gilding. Although gold doesn't last forever outside, this spot was out of direct winds and benefitted from a slight overhang.
BLACK SLATE, MAINE

This stone pier is in deep shade...perfect for exterior gilding. Although gold doesn't last forever outside, this spot was out of direct winds and benefitted from a slight overhang.

Long shot showing the ideal shady setting and how gold can pop out of it so beautifully.

Long shot showing the ideal shady setting and how gold can pop out of it so beautifully.

My client's last name begins with a B and so does her husband's. She wanted to honor that. She brought me several stones and I chose the one that looked like it wanted a beautiful B in it.
BEACH ROCK, MAINE

My client's last name begins with a B and so does her husband's. She wanted to honor that. She brought me several stones and I chose the one that looked like it wanted a beautiful B in it.

It seemed to provide a nice break to gild the Latin in palladium and the rest in 23 K gold. The plaque is oiled for a deep and luscious look framing the bright, reflective powers of the metals.
BLACK SLATE, MASSACHUSETTS

It seemed to provide a nice break to gild the Latin in palladium and the rest in 23 K gold. The plaque is oiled for a deep and luscious look framing the bright, reflective powers of the metals.

English and Hebrew lettering cut into limestone and darkened.
LIMESTONE, MASSACHUSETTS

English and Hebrew lettering cut into limestone and darkened.

Indiana Limestone, darkened.
LIMESTONE, MAINE

Indiana Limestone, darkened.

Overview of the Good Samaritan Agency memorial stone (view Memorials for detail).
BLACK SLATE, MAINE

Overview of the Good Samaritan Agency memorial stone (view Memorials for detail).

Town commemoration of a new, riverside park carved out of a somewhat wild sentry of slate.
BLACK SLATE, MAINE

Town commemoration of a new, riverside park carved out of a somewhat wild sentry of slate.

The centerpice of six panels of green slate that compose a memorial wall for a church, with names added annually.
GREEN SLATE, MASSACHUSETTS

The centerpice of six panels of green slate that compose a memorial wall for a church, with names added annually.

This is mottled purple/green slate from Vermont and is gilded in 23K gold . . . a luscious combination.  This honors an alumni in a private school in Boston. 
GREEN SLATE, MASSACHUSETTS

This is mottled purple/green slate from Vermont and is gilded in 23K gold . . . a luscious combination.  This honors an alumni in a private school in Boston. 

The Rangeway project in Belfast, Maine was an interesting community effort involving the city government, Waterfall Arts and the neighbors.  The idea was to mark the public right-of-ways to the ocean in an inviting, low-budget, zero-maintenance manner.  My idea was to split a large rock and pull the two halves apart as kind of a permission gateway. 
In the long, low rock above, the need was to block off some vehicular access.  

In the gateway below, I wanted a tall, big stone that could claim its space at the end of a promontory.  An interesting video explains the effort in greater detail and shows one of the slabs being split. http://vimeo.com/27880797

The Rangeway project in Belfast, Maine was an interesting community effort involving the city government, Waterfall Arts and the neighbors.  The idea was to mark the public right-of-ways to the ocean in an inviting, low-budget, zero-maintenance manner.  My idea was to split a large rock and pull the two halves apart as kind of a permission gateway.  In the long, low rock above, the need was to block off some vehicular access.   In the gateway below, I wanted a tall, big stone that could claim its space at the end of a promontory.  An interesting video explains the effort in greater detail and shows one of the slabs being split. http://vimeo.com/27880797