From Metal Factory to Architectural Innovator

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Establishing a Precedent

Traveling to conferences around the country, Zahner met a number of architects, including Frank Gehry, who began consulting with Zahner on how to use different metals. In 1993, the pair collaborated on the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, with Zahner designing the giant metallic pieces that made the museum look like a series of billowing sails rising above the Mississippi River. "I remember it came out on the front page of USA Today," Zahner says. "It was the first real project for us that got a lot of attention, and it put Frank in a whole new level. It helped establish that ribbon-y look he had."