Thursday, March 27, 2014

Earth and Sky

This has been an unyielding winter.  I have had to work inside more than usual because of continued snow and cold.
 Inside the stone studio, I made this (functional) sculpture entitled "Earth and Sky".  I picked a piece of Brazilian Marble that had cloud-like inclusions to represent our spiritual potential.  The plinth stone was chosen for its singular earthy qualities to symbolize our corporeal selves.
 I am utilizing the full potential of the materials,
such as leaving the quarry drill holes.
The sculpture measures 41"H x 26"W x 21"D
and weighs about 1,000 lbs.
 The top picture shows the current status of the big, outdoor project.  The lower picture shows the last update over 2 weeks ago.  It's been very frustrating not being able to work outside (comfortably).
 Here's a few pictures out my window this week...
Sleepy deer...
 15 hens and 2 Toms...
 "work it, boys!"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Now is the Time!

I began a new major project called "Now is the Time".  It addresses our most precious resource: our time and energy.  It is intended to stir the viewer into action - if you have unfinished business or unrealized dreams, now is the time.  If you want to make a difference, now is the time.  You can be great, don't wait - now is the time.
I began with a front view photograph of a clay model that was printed to scale and gridded off into 1 foot squares.
 I used this to transfer the design onto the huge stone.
 The most exciting portion of any major project is the beginning.  You fly into it with full force.
 ...then, the 'polar vortex' sends another 1/2" of ice, some snow and freezing temperatures.
 Most of the ice and snow has finally melted off.  This picture of me working on the scaffold helps to give a sense of scale.
 This is how the project looks today - a strong start.
A seed and feed parfait - presentation is all important when approaching timid woodland creatures.