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Photo Slideshow: McNichols Company, Tampa

The perforated aluminum "skin" that wraps around the Tampa Museum of Art's upper levels and atrium creates a wavy moire pattern when viewed in the heat of the day.

The wave emerges out of two layers of one-eighth-inch thick metal panels positioned slightly off-center and perforated by three-inch diameter holes spaced in straight rows just an inch apart. Each of the 3,798 panels used to cover the building's exterior is positioned precisely to bring out the sun's shine and the sensation of a wavy current moving within.

Below is a slideshow presentation by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch of the sights and sounds inside the McNichols Company as workers create such designer metals for use by architects and builders all over the world.


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