After a year of planning; designing; fabricating; and an around-the-clock, 84-hour installation, “Wake” made its debut in Times Square on July 11, 2018. (Left to right)University of North Carolina-Asheville sculpture student Jeb Hedgecock; engineering seniors Kyle Ward and Kaitlin Thomas; STEAM Studio Director Sara Sanders; and engineering seniors Brittany Hand, Zoe Rorvig, Jacob Fink, and Elijah Nonamaker comprised the installation team. Photo by Adam Taylor. You wouldn’t think a story involving conceptual art and a university-based maker space would have a lot to do with metal fabricating, but you’d be wrong in this one instance. In fact, if your shop has ever thought about expanding its cutting capabilities with a waterjet, you might want to keep reading. The story begins in 2016 when the University of North Carolina-Asheville’s engineering department was in dire need of an expanded workshop. It had only about 1,500 square feet stocked with old metalworking equipment, and the program was expanding, accommodating more students interested in the school’s mechatronics curriculum. University administrators recognized the challenge, but also saw an opportunity to address another s...