The Public Works Summer Summary
We’re excited to share all the fun that has filled our calendars since the last update. It’s a pretty cool thing to look at this email list of impressive people who we enjoy and respect and with a bit of keyboard pounding we get to share a summary of the work that we’ve built our lives around. Below is some of that work including: Another big Jeep production, An Art Show with Spyder and SOS, a Warren Miller Trip to Greenland, a shoot for Sun Edison Solar, work with Airstream, adventure biking in Guatemala, two big Supple library furniture projects, an “adulting” production for Punch Bowl Social, a highlight of celebrity chefs in Austria with Avalon Fresh, party time at Aspen Food and Wine, bike displays for Yeti, Canadian float plane biking, and lifestyle, fitness, and action shoots for Spyder.
Jeep: International Summit
We’re proud of Colorado and we like to show it off. It’s always a special pleasure when we get to bring big international clients to our state. This summer we got the chance to use Colorado as a production location to film five continents in two days. It was a huge push but we’re proud of what we were able to accomplish working tightly with Society.
Spyder Art Show for SOS
In a world where we get thousands of images delivered in ones and zeros to your pocket at 10 megabytes per second, there’s something special about standing around a room full of printed photos. This is especially true when the room is filled with great people and the printed photos are being sold for a good cause. We’re beyond proud to have been asked to display our work and have raised over $5,000 for SOS which gives kids opportunities they couldn’t otherwise have to explore a world outside their own through snowboarding.
Huge thanks to everyone involved, especially Kevin Kruse at EPS Doublet for helping us with this unconventional print job and putting up with our pickiness.
Warren Miller in Greenland
Warren Miller trips are some of our most anticipated journeys of the year. We get to work on a beautiful product, with veteran image creators and amazing athletes in ridiculous locations. All that, and then we get to show off our photos on billboards, posters, and magazines.
Sun Edison Solar
We are firm believers in the potential of sustainable energy and what it can do to transform our relationship with our planet. We’re proud to work with Sun Edison to highlight the transformative beauty of technology. Huge thanks to Danny Brown for leading and crushing this project!
It’s hard to believe how lucky we are to work intimately with such an iconic and inspirational brand. They are truly a brand the represents our core values and we couldn’t be more proud to get to work with them.
We’ve been acting as Airstream’s lead agency on the launch of a new product coming out next month as well as creating general assets for the company. We recently got to shoot Alumapalooza, the annual gathering of passionate Airstream owners and were blown away by the people and their love of the brand and product.
Gene pictured below has worked in the Airstream factory since the day after his 18th birthday. He has three generations of family working there now. He’s never left Ohio. He’s the happiest most content human you could hope to come across. He can pick a quarter off the ground with his forklift. This is his original GT500 Shelby Cobra.
Guatemala Adventure Biking
We recently had the opportunity to pack up our bikes and head down to Guatemala for some adventure riding. We were asked to help assemble a group to beta-test a new camp for Backshop and help create imagery. The trip exceeded all expectations and there is no doubt that we’ll be back to Guatemala in the near future with our bikes in tow.
Aspen Food and Wine
We don’t often get the opportunity to pop $1000+ bottles of wine and cognac but for a couple of days every summer, we get to pretend like there’s a handful of extra zeros in our bank accounts. We managed to pull off half a dozen shoots for Moet Hennessy, Krug, Glenmorangie, and Patron in three days.
Spyder is one of our longest standing clients and it’s always a pleasure creating imagery with them. We get to shoot with some of the best athletes in the world, collaborate with an amazing team, travel to beautiful locations, and create a huge variety of images that crosses and blurs genres.
Leo and Karl Wrenkh have cooking in their blood. Both parents are star chefs and restaurateurs in Austria, they source ingredients from family farms, and have been cooking their whole lives. They currently run an award winning restaurant and cooking school in Vienna and were recently asked to create a menu and advise for Avalon Fresh: a focus on fresh, local ingredients from small farms and producers comes together with a splash of innovation that will have you feeling great.
Punch Bowl Social
Let’s not take ourselves too seriously. After all, the whole idea of this place is fun, dammit. This is a rallying cry to step up our game, to go big and to stack the deck in favor of awesome. Let’s be self-deprecating, light and agile like a cheetah. Let’s say
“no” to mediocre food and same old same old. We’re old enough to know better and do better. C’mon people, no more “meh.”
We produced a photo series around a concept of “going out right” and “winning at adulating” as well as a brand video called “The Anthem” for Punch Bowl Social.
It was a fantastic experience collaborating with Factory Design Labs and their creative, fun, positive team as well as the in-house Punch Bowl Social team. It took some long days and light nights but I think we came up with work that we can all be proud of.
Float plane access biking in one of the most wild and beautiful places on earth with the heroes of dirt and snow who happen to be really nice people. What more can you say about that?
Bikethe14ers Mt. Evans
Ian and Whit knocked off their second to last mountain in the Bikethe14ers project. They utilized all the tools available to ride Mt. Evans from the summit including skinny tires. Congrats guys!
Yeti Bike Displays
Again with the Colorado pride… some of the best mountain bikes in the world are designed, tested, and built right in our backyard. We were proud to build these stands to display Yeti’s sculptures of motion when they’re not in motion.
The shop has been cranking with projects ranging from Colorado Freeride Fest trophies to library furniture. It’s a constant mix of creativity and execution using every material and tool possible. We have taken delivery of a rocking new CNC machine that will be up and running as soon as we get a couple more jigga-watts to it.
Tool of the Month
We’re really excited about our Festool track saw but our good friend Ben Anderson took the title this month. At the Icey Open, Icelantic’s annual golf tournament, where each sponsoring company gets to host a hole, The Public Works set up a blindfolded driving game where the blindfolded driver gets verbally coached through cones by a navigator sitting shotgun. Ben decided to show off some solo jedi mind tricks and ended up here. You know when people say “He couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn!”? Ben hit the broadside of a barn. Congrats on winning Tool of the Month!
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