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Building event framing

I'm putting together a proposal for an outdoor art exhibit that requires some kinetic sculptures to be suspended in a public location and need some help figuring out what to do for the framing.

It is roughly cube shaped and needs to be 10'-12' (~3m) wide on each side and 8'-10' (~2.5m) high. It will support 4 sculptures that weight about 50 lbs (23 kg) and need electrical connections. It will be outside so there is a small chance of rain (I live in a desert). There is a possibility the ground won't be completely level or flat. I need it up for two weeks.

What I've looked at:

Option Cost Good Bad
Renting lighting truss ~$2000-3500 Easy assembly, strong, tried and true Expensive, bulky
Wood IDK ~$500 Cheaper, totally customizable Need to build on site, gotta design structurally, doesn't look as good
Pipe IDK $300-$1000? Relatively easy assembly, easy to find Gotta design, don't know how thick
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Anyone have any input? I figure I will need some corner bracing or diagonal elements on the top as it is a pretty big structure.

Submitted May 05, 2021 at 12:14PM by Max_Curiosity
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