The Bishop Peak Portrait Project – complete!

Thank you all for your patience while I built the Bishop Peak Portrait Project, a series of thousands of photos of San Luis Obispo’s most prominent mountain. I started the project in November, 2015 with the construction of a weatherproof box for the camera and electronics, and then started shooting the photos in March, 2016.

The photography continued for a year to the end of February, 2017 when I turned it off and removed the equipment from the roof of the Kennedy Library at Cal Poly.

In the end, 365 of those photos were prepared and built into a large display for the Baker building at Cal Poly.

During the months between the beginning and the end, I machined the panels from an aluminum laminate material called AluPanel, developed a system for machining the individual photos for the display, and cut those to fit. Then we put it together.

The story starts here if you want to go back to read all the details.

This week Cal Poly Facilities workers put the panels up in the Baker Science Center at Cal Poly, and my colleague Rob Brewster (one of the technicians on the project) sent me photos.

I hereby present the completed Bishop Peak Portrait Project:

More photos will follow of course, but I’ve never seen it, and will not be able to see it until late August when I return from my teaching post in Germany.

I am very proud to see the results, and once again thank those who helped make the project happen:

Dr. Phil Bailey, Emeritus Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Derek Gragson, Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Rachel Henry, Communications, College of Science and Mathematics
Rob Brewster, Technician, College of Science and Mathematics
Doug Brewster, Technician, College of Science and Mathematics
Emma Wilson, Graphic Communication student and project assistant
Patrick Kammermeyer, Kennedy Library communications specialist
Catherine Trujillo, Kennedy Library, and campus art coordinator
Eric Johnson, Graphic Communication Dept. IT consultant
Tim Hastings, Facilities Department
Sarah Sayeed, Kennedy Library Information Technologies lead
Dale Kohler, Kennedy Library and Cal Poly ITS lead
Jim Eckford, Rancho Burro technical support
Ashala Lawler, technical support
Bryn Forbes, CNC support and assistance


About Brian Lawler

Brian Lawler is an Emeritus Professor of Graphic Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and was a Guest Professor at Hochschule München from September, 2021 to September, 2022. He writes about graphic arts processes and technologies for various industry publications, and on his blog, The Blognosticator.
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