Louisville Magazine

MAY 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 83 firm Luckett & Farley, started with the architect's model. en Semones entered the picture to, as Sirek says, "field fabricate" the steel frame. "I don't think we could have done it with anybody else," Sirek says. "He's able to see things three- dimensionally. We had a 3-D model, but he actually sat down and figured out all of the details and how they came together. He was able to look at the design and tell us a better way to construct it." e weathering steel develops a rust- like appearance over time but is actually resistant to corrosion. Despite these natural properties, Semones expresses dissatisfaction with the way it looks following a tough winter. "We need to come back and sand it because it's doing some weird stuff with the patina," he says. We next drive by the Centerstone addiction-recovery center on South Preston Street downtown. Formerly known by the familiar acronym JADAC (pronounced jay-dack), it was a place Semones knew well as a young man. In front of the building, he points out a metal sculpture he made that rises like a palm from a rusted, bark-colored post. Branches in this patina give way to large snowflake- like leaves of shiny stainless steel. "I call it a reflecting tree. e stainless steel is kind of folded so you can see yourself in it," Semones says. "I've been through JADAC three times. I got kicked out the first two times. e first time I got kicked out I wouldn't get out of bed. I was so — I don't know — wore out from drugs and alcohol," he continues. "e second time I got kicked out I caught a ping-pong ball on fire and they thought that I was a danger to all the other clients in there and they kicked me Jeremy Semones

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