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Ignition Arts Review 1.1

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

Welcome to the first edition of IA review from Ignition Arts!

Walter Hood Design Studio Three Trees for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Image: Cory Dewald, Walter J. Hood's Three Trees: Jackson, Obama, Washington

Ignition Arts is an Indianapolis based design, technology, and fabrication firm owned by Brian McCutcheon. We provide design development, fabrication, logistics, and installation for artists, designers, and architects from around the world.


Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL

Congratulations to Matthew Mazzotta, who was recently awarded a commission to create a public artwork, Home for the Tampa International Airport. Ignition Arts assisted with short list competition proposal design development, including providing renderings along with constructibility & budget consulting. We anticipate seeing more of this project in the shop later this year.



Westcreek Drive, South Fort Worth, TX

Fabrication continues in the shop for Volkan Alkanoglu's Drift, a pedestrian bridge that will connect residents of South Fort Worth to the Westcreek Drive walking path and urban parks of Fort Worth. Ignition Arts has completed the structural steel framework, and will soon be transitioning to the process of cladding and finishing the organically shaped exterior.

The project is a phenomenal example of the creative solutions that can be achieved through cutting edge computational design principles. Drift was strategically designed by VA DESIGN to allow for the public site to remain usable throughout the construction phase. Ignition Arts worked closely with the artist and Brownsmith Studios to develop a digitally based construction strategy to bring this complex project to life within budget. The bridge will be transported from the Ignition Arts facility to its install location and craned into place.


Virtual Book Tour

Ignition Arts owner Brian McCutcheon is featured in an upcoming book, You Are an Artist, by Sarah Urist Green, Creator of PBS's "The Art Assignment." Each episode discusses topics in contemporary art, and concludes with an assignment devised by the featured artist. Brian's assignment "Customize It" asks viewers to consider the myriad utilitarian objects that surround us in our daily lives, and choose one to enhance in a meaningful way. 

Learn more about the book here.


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