Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bird Feeder Installation and Matt Weir's Show

Tuesday, I installed my craggy bird feeder at it's new home in a private garden outside Lagrange, KY.
 The bottom piece was about 700 lbs., so I was happy that I had help with the use of their tractor and Eric as operator.
 I drilled the pre-poured concrete footer and put in a 3/4" stainless steel pin and monument-grade epoxy to hold everything in place.
 Eric helped me carry and install the other pieces of the functional sculpture.
 Signed, sealed and delivered.
 Next, we went down on Market Street in Louisville to Revelry Gallery to see Matt Weir's show.
 There were several drawings of clouds and other pieces, but the show stoppers were 2 large limestone forms draped over metal supports.  Great work as usual, Matt.
 We went home over the Kennedy Bridge, which gave me my first close look at the new bridge construction.
About 70 feet above the river, workmen were building the piers (you know that must be a thrill - every minute, all day long).

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Owensboro RiverArtes and Cloverport Sacajawea Festival

Saturday, August 23 was the opening for the
Owensboro RiverArtes Public Sculpture Show. 
 They had 75 entries from all across the U.S. for hopeful inclusion in the 2 year lease of works to be displayed around Owensboro.  You can see Meg's baby elephant "Ely" and my stone head of "Father Time" in this picture. 
 Here's a picture of 2 pictures...Meg's Alabama Marble sculpture "Nyx Lifting the Veil" and my life-size "Testing the Waters".
 This Saturday, we went down to Cloverport for their 50th annual Sacajawea festival.  A friend of ours, Abby Peterson, was making and selling his wood creations.
 He had help from Derick Ford who is sanding the letters that Abby had just carved.
 It had started to drizzle and the crowds had basically left, so I asked Abby if Meg could try her hand at it - she had never used a chainsaw before.
 I liked this picture with the barge in the background going down the Ohio River.
 She made this female head preform in Cedar in about half an hour - then, it started to rain fairly hard; time to leave.
 I made a wood over life-sized Sacajawea for the Town of Cloverport and their festival in 1986 (I was aged 25).  This is the ONLY surviving picture of it when I'd just begun work on it - I never took a picture of the finished piece.  The Town of Cloverport had installed it down on their riverfront and it floated away during a flood.
 Now... for the Weird of the Week...What is this?  One hint, You might have it for breakfast.
(photo Meg White)
...and this creature hanging onto my "Sail" sculpture.
(photo Meg White)

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Seraph" Installed

Last week, the Outdoor Sculpture Show at Yew Dell Gardens ended.  We headed for Crestwood, Kentucky to deliver a sculpture that we had sold in the show (one of the very rare pieces that Meg and I have worked on together) and to bring back unsold pieces.
 On the way up, Meg's crane truck developed a serious leak in a brake line.  Normally, we don't post to the world when things go wrong; everything is "a bowl of cherries" and "a bed of roses" here at Lawler-White Sculpture Studios.  However, I'm wanting to give a 'plug' for Gomer's Automotive near Brandenburg, KY who fixed the truck on the spot and got us back on the road. 
Great service for a fair price! 
 We loaded up the stone "Seraph" and fastened her down with this cargo net before heading to her destination.
(kind of a strange image...)
 This is the fully installed sculpture at a private residence near Lagrange, KY.
 This is an alternate view.
 We had some new "wildlife" show up at the studio: 2 potbelly pigs.  When it looked like they were moving in to stay, I called the folks at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary to see if they could help us relocate them.  The pigs took off before anyone showed up and I haven't seen them since.
 One of the men from Broadbent who came out in response to my call was Abby Peterson.  I gave him a hand full of plasticene when he mentioned that he had an interest in creating sculpture.  He made this model for an eagle sculpture.
Then, he made this wood sculpture, using the clay as a pattern.  Wood sculpting is something that he's been doing for a while.  He has a booth over at Peddler's Mall in Elizabethtown, KY where he is successfully selling his wood creations.  We plan to check it out next time we're over in E-town.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monk Installed at Monte Casino Winery

I sold a stone monk to the owner of Monte Casino Winery, which  is on the site of the old Monte Casino Monastery.  The monks at the monastery created the first winery west of the Appalachians at this site in the late 1700's 
 This week, it was time to move the monk from my studio to his new home in Newport, Kentucky.
 Davy brought out a 23 ton crane from JBB Inc. in Hardinsburg. 
The first thing we did was to lay him down.
 Then, we loaded him onto the 24' flat bed truck that I rented from Penske.
 Early the next morning, I made the 3-1/2 hour trip to the site. 
A 14 ton crane met me there for the installation.
 No, I'm not "stringing up" the monk. 
He has successfully landed in his new home, reverently overlooking the site where the stone monastery used to stand.  I plan to go back in the future and check on the progress of the Winery, as Mark Schmidt, the owner, has great plans.
 When I took the exit for Bardstown Road to refuel the truck, and was about to turn south to go under Watterson Expressway, I noticed a mural in progress.  This is something that I'll have to check back with, as well.  Looks Great! 
 Now...for the Weird of the Week...
Ginger Ale, on the Bears.
(photo and concept Meg White)
A luminescent contrail, beautifully backlit by the setting sun.
(photo Meg White)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Craggy Bird Feeder in a Polar Vortex

A polar vortex has brought unseasonably cool weather to our region this week.
 This made great working conditions. 
I was able to finish this bird feeder.
 It's made from Indiana Limestone. 
It measures 66" high x 20" x 20".
 This is a side-by-side comparison of the view on June 25 of  my 8' tall sculpture, "Harmony", and what it looks like today.
 I also moved out 4 "personal" sculptures. 
This one is called "Almost Undamaged"
(named after a Ronald Jenkees song).
It is made from Alabama Marble, IN Limestone and NC Granite.
 This is "Needle"
(...and no damage done).
 This is the "Non Bench".
It is made from a craggy Stylolite seam.
Howlin' Wolf may have been built for comfort,
but this was not.
 ...and the "Royal Flower Birdbath".
 Tuesday, Paul and Maggie Breslin brought out their daughter Sarah for an overnight campout.
 Everyone was bringing out their kids this week. 
This is the first fawn of the year to venture up our way.
Mother and Child.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July

I'm still getting up at first light and making the most of working in the shade on the 8' tall sculpture "Harmony"
 This is a side-by-side comparison of the progress from the last posting on June 25. 
It's coming right along - if I do say so myself.
The 4th of July fell on this last Friday. 
We had a visit from a new friend, Isaac.
 (shown here eye-to-eye with Oberon).
He brought along his Dad and Mom (Ben and Jessica), his aunt Josie and his younger sister, Grace.

All smiles when he discovered that the granite hand rocks.

No visit to our studio is complete without checking out the caboose.

This is the extent of my gardening skills - volunteers.
"Catrina, your hair is so soft.  What do you use?"
"Take a wild guess".