ABOVE: The hot dog's
welded steel armature
stands ready to be covered
with spray foam. BELOW:
The Great Lakes crew
preps and sprays the giant
sausage using NCFI's
InsulStar closed-cell foam.
And the foam opened up a new media.
“I’m thinking of doing a sculpture about friendship
and Tim will be the face,” Berman says in tribute to
the man he credits with changing his art and his life.
It was Kearns who also introduced Berman to the
spray foam crew who would apply the foam to the
giant hot dog.
“I needed a local spray foam application crew for
this project and Tim knew Henry Behling, the Foam
Operations Manager from Great Lakes Roofing and
Insulation.” Berman reached out to the Sault Saint
Marie, Michigan-based company.
“Ron contacted us and said he needed local experts
to apply spray foam and we are experts at applying
spray foam in this Michigan climate, so it worked out
great,” says Behling. “Plus, a giant weenie? We knew
that would be a tourist attraction from the start. Of
course we wanted to be a part of that.”
The job was scheduled for late summer in northern
Michigan – which can see a mix of sun and rain. And,
given the wiener’s size, spraying was an outside affair.
“The diner’s owners also own a vacant lot that is away
from people and cars so we didn’t have to worry about
overspray,” Behling says, “But we did cover our fork
truck so that it didn’t get tagged.”
They also covered themselves in Tyvek coveralls, spray
hoods, gloves, goggles, and wore Bullard respirators
when spraying the foam.
To spray that foam, the two-man Great Lakes
Roofing and Insulation crew used a GlasCraft MH
II with 200 feet of heated hose and a Probler P2 whip
gun. They also used a Graco E30 with 200 feet of
heated hose and a Fusion AP gun.
So, what foam is the “secret ingredient” in this world
famous hot dog?
Behling says, “We used NCFI’s InsulStar closed-cell
foam because it is the best on the market. It’s clean,
trouble-free, and always provides the same yield.”
InsulStar is an excellent moisture- and vapor-barrier.
But would it make an excellent art media too? Did
the artist agree with the choice?
(cont’d on the next page)