Summary: Earlier this week, Coffee By Design (CBD) unveiled its kinetic art rooftop coffee cup sculpture at its One Diamond Street location in Portland, Maine’s East Bayside neighborhood
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PORTLAND, Maine – Coffee By Design (CBD) owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear’s love for art and community filters its way into just about everything they do, from coffees by the pound that benefit community organizations to the local art shows displayed in their coffeehouses. The most recent example is the duo’s freshly installed kinetic art coffee cup sculpture, created by Jac Ouellette of South Portland, Maine’s AnvilJac Studio.
The cup sculpture is a unique art object, representing CBD’s connection to community, both here in Portland and in the coffee growing communities their beans are sourced from. Atop the Diamond Street roastery and coffee bar, the cup turns gently, powered by wind.
Dimensions: 15’ tall
Weight: 1000 lbs
Designer: Jac Ouellette of AnvilJac Studios (http://www.anviljac.com)
Production: Jac Ouellette, Betsy Dawkins
Materials: aluminum (cup and coffee cherry), steel (arm, coffee beans and tower)
The design process
Well over a year ago, Ouellette listened to Lindemann and Spear’s vision and used simple line drawings to begin the design process. With the designs approved, Ouellette created mockups of the sculpture to study the kinetic nature of the piece. After many rounds, a final design was chosen and the full size sculpture began to come together.
“It’s incredible to finally see the sculpture where it was designed to stand,” noted Spear, who has worked closely with the structural engineer and construction company throughout the process. “This project was a true collaboration between so many people who turned our dream into a reality.”
The CBD roastery and coffee bar is in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, about two miles from the original CBD on Congress Street. The concept for One Diamond Street has been to deliver an environment where customers can immerse themselves in the CBD coffee experience. Since 1994, that experience has involved coffee as well as community. “Everything we do is about our love for coffee, our coffee farmers and their families, local artists and organizations and most of all, our customers. Jac’s sculpture is the next step for Coffee By Design,” says Lindemann.
About the artist:
Jac Ouellette is a multi-media artist who earned her BFA, with honors, from Maine College of Art in 2002. She majored in sculptural metal furniture, and over the years, her focus has evolved. Her current work encompasses large vibrant metal sculptures, metal furniture and colorful oil painted landscapes.
Ouellette works out of her 2 studios in South Portland. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Maine College of Art. Her sculptures, furniture and paintings can be found throughout New England in public schools, healthcare facilities, corporate offices, private homes and colleges. In Maine, she has pieces in front of Caribou Health & Fitness, at Mill Creek, and at the Maine Medical Center Scarborough Campus among others.
About Coffee By Design:
Coffee By Design, a Maine owned and operated coffee company since 1994, is dedicated to changing the world, one cup of coffee at a time by providing customers with sustainably sourced, traceable coffee. Owners Mary Allen Lindemann and Alan Spear were named Maine SBA Small Business Person of the Year, 2014. Coffee By Design recently opened a roastery and coffee house at One Diamond St, Portland, bringing their total number of coffeehouses to five. In addition to serving some of the world’s finest coffee, Coffee By Design is committed to running a sustainable business dedicated to the arts, the environment, and the community. With over 450 select restaurant, cafes and gourmet stores and online retail sales, their coffee is enjoyed nationwide. For more information, go to www.coffeebydesign.com.