2008. Annamarie Ho + Inmi Lee. LA GUERRA ES NUESTRA (technical data)


The production of our piece occurs in two steps: (1) the fabrication of the sign itself and (2) the installation of the sign onto the Círculo de Bellas Artes.





Our sign will be made from channel letters, where every letter of the phrase La guerra es nuestra. will be individually constructed in black Plexiglass and lit with LED lights.  Each letter will be 0.6 meters tall, 0.6 meters wide, and 0.5 meter deep.  The letters will then be mounted to a raceway—a long, aluminum channel—which also houses the transformers and the high-voltage wiring for all the letters in a single unit.  The raceway will be painted a color to match the exact color of the building’s façade.  The entire sign, including the raceway, should be approximately 0.6 meters tall, 12.8 meters wide, and 1 meter deep.  Please refer to La_guerra_es_nuestra_04.jpg as a reference.

Our preliminary research in the United States indicates that a sign similar to the one we propose would cost approximately 4000 euros and take three to five days to complete, depending on the vendor. To reduce transportation costs, we plan to have our sign manufactured locally in Madrid.




The raceway of the sign will be attached to the front wall of the Círculo de Bellas Artes. Our research indicates the type of sign we have chosen to make is quite simple to install. First, the vendor manufacturing the sign creates a mounting pattern specific to façade. For safety, we then plan to hire an electrician for half a day for consultation to ensure we use a proper power supply and that we are to code. Next, we would hire a crew to install the sign itself—first they drill holes for hanging the raceway as well as for running electricity through the wall and then they mount the sign using thru-bolts and backer-plates, both which are supplied by the vendor manufacturing the sign.  The actual installation requires two or three men one day to complete.