Friday, May 31, 2013

"Seedling" moved from Sculpture Garden

On Thursday, May 30, Meg and I shared a 23 ton crane from JBB, Inc. from Hardinsburg.  We moved some of her large stones for her Orlando commission in the morning.  I'm sure that she'll show detailed pictures of that on her blog.  

 After lunch, it was my turn.  We went out to the sculpture garden to get my Georgia Pink Marble sculpture "Seedling" that will be going to the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden in Dalton, Georgia soon.
 Dereck Sheroan is our "operator-of-choice".  This was going to be a tough lift and it was good to have as much experience on hand, as possible.  The hard part was how to safely rig the rounded and polished sculpture.  It'd be easy for it to slip out of the slings.
 No problem!  It was safely lifted off its pedestal and turned onto its side.
 Then, we re-rigged it in a basket hitch to load it onto Dereck's crane to move it back to the studio.
 It is safely setting in front of the studio and ready for its trip to Georgia.
 After a long day of stressful crane work or installations, Meg and I will instinctively head for water to "decompress".  We took a splashy walk down a creek in the Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area where we found this beaver dam.  It has successfully raised the water level quite a bit.
 Sculptural potential is everywhere that you look. (are we really ever "off work"?)
Feeling lucky?
 (all photos copyright 2013 Meg White)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

6th Annual Yew Dell Sculpture Show load-in

After sitting out for two years, we decided to display some of our sculptures in the Yew Dell Outdoor Sculpture Show again.
 As we loaded up last Monday, we were treated to a full double rainbow (best that I've ever seen!) - I take this as a good omen.  There were ripples of multiple rainbows inside the main arch.  The photograph didn't catch the colors well, but you can see the intensity inside the main part.  The panoramic camera feature also made the stone studio (right) look really "contemporary".
 I made a crate for Meg's "Daphne" stone sculpture.  We loaded it onto the back of her crane truck and made everything ready for the 70 mile trip.
 Tuesday Morning, a 23 ton crane from JBB, Inc. of Hardinsburg showed up at the studio.  We loaded some of our pieces onto his truck and we made our way to the gardens.
 Dereck Sheroan lifted the first piece into place, which was the base for Meg's "Lilly".
 No sooner was the sculpture in place, that a Mockingbird claimed "Lilly" as part of its territory.
 I set my "Exposure" stone sculpture under some nearby bushes.
 Next, we set a functional (bench) sculpture of mine titled "Entwined Seedlings".
 "Daphne" was placed in front of a Lilac that was in full bloom.  This is the "showstopper" - by far, the best piece in the show this year.
 We moved the crane over to an area near the back of the gardens.  After leveling the ground, we set up Meg's "Otter in Lilly Pads" inside a fountain basin.  Meg fixed up the pump, added water and an electric line - it's ready to go!
My torso sculpture "Summertime" was the last piece of ours to set up.  It was a super-long couple days getting everything ready and installed.  I'll be happy to take my time during the opening on May 17, 5-8 p.m. so that I can take a good long look at the other sculptures in the show. (all photos copyright 2013 Meg White).