Built for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the Overland Gourd is a human-sized bird house meant to inspire creativity and imagination while pushing the limits of digital design and fabrication. Designed from a Purple Martin gourd, aka the bottle gourd, it is built out of 12GA Cor-ten plate steel that is wrapped around a robin’s egg blue internal octahedron structure and perforated with over 1,000 Ball Mason jars. The jars are sources of light and life from the surrounding world.  Testing the boundaries of digital design and fabrication, 70 steel plates, each unique in shape and size, emulate the patterns of a dragonfly wing and were fabricated using CNC technology. Assembled and fabricated in-house by the Overland WorkShop, the project serves as an exemplar model of high-end digital fabrication and finely honed craft to bring an experientially unexpected space to life.


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A very special thanks to our product suppliers & sponsors:


  • River City Industries, Chris Jones – Laser cutting
  • Alamo Crosslink Powder Coating, Ben Brewer – Powder Coating
  • Datum Engineers
  • Area Real Estate
  • Gates Machine
  • Alamo Hardwoods
  • Jarden Home Brands
  • Triple S Steel

We couldn’t have done it without you!

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