Monday, November 7, 2011

Tree Pruned and 3 sculptures installed

This is what the Tree of Life commission looked like, the last time that I posted updates on this blog.

Now...prepare yourself for a shock...

This is what it looks like now. It will not become whole again until it is recreated in the bronze foundry. Like a Phoenix, it will rise from the fiery glow of the foundry furnace and the blinding arcs of the welders.

I used a sawz-all to cut all the leaf clusters off the branches. Meg caught them as I cut them. I then numbered and pinned them to numbered squares of plywood.

I am still refining the leaf clusters and branches, and will continue to do that until the marble for the Dove arrives. I want to confirm the fit of the finished marble Dove to the clay leaves, before covering the clay sculpture parts with mold material.

Last week, 3 of my stone sculptures were installed at a private residence. It was a long day - beginning before first light and ending well after dark. JBB Inc. of Hardinsburg sent out their 23 ton truck-mounted crane for the delivery and installation. I asked for Derrick Sheroan as operator - wouldn't have it any other way.

Two of the sculptures were center pieces for fountains. Fountains mean water, and at some point I was going to have to get my feet wet.

This is the view of the sculpture "Embrace" from the house. The fountain is not completely finished. I hope to get pictures when it all comes together.

This is the other view - what I consider as the front of the piece.

Then, we moved around to the back of the house to set "Reach".

It was also intended as a fountain piece.

The third piece that we installed is called "Promise". It is functional as seating.

A friend from high school days, Jeff Linkous came for a visit. He pointed out that we hadn't seen each other face-to-face for 14 years! Hopefully, we're going to break that pattern.
All photos by Meg White