Sunday, December 8, 2013
Check out the video called "Grinding the Crack" on youtube. It shows Jeb Corliss jumping from a very high cliff and sailing through a distant ravine wearing a wing suit.
I was completely impressed - a modern day Icarus! I made a thumbnail clay model for a sculptural vessel inspired by Jeb Corliss and base jumping in a wing suit.
I took the model outside to find a suitable stone. I found an odd shaped piece, and made this quick sketch to see if I could modify the design to better fit the stone.
I carted the stone into the studio, transferred the design onto it and...
Here's a front view." It's made from Indiana Limestone and measures 24" x 18" x 8".
If nothing else, it works as a cat bed. (Which reminds me...watch youtube's "Kitty Corliss" after watching"Grinding the Crack").
I delivered "Exposure" on Monday. It has a beautiful new home near Brownsboro, Kentucky. It is made from a particularly high quality piece of Indiana Limestone, measures 44" x 22" x 12" and weighs about 800 lbs! Thank goodness that I had help from Tommy and Gabriel, 2 employees of the collector. Without them, it would have been real tough for me.
It's in excellent company - right next to this Barney Bright bronze. Anyone who knows Barney would recognize this as a self portrait of him as a Centaur. I was apprenticed to Barney in 1986 - another lifetime ago.
The best money that I've spent all year was on this new wood stove in the studio. I love it. It also makes a great place to display my bronze "Sunrise" sculpture.
Tie-Dye chimney, too (go figure).
Just in time before the first snow fall on Friday.