Sunday, May 11, 2014

Battery Bench

It's been at least 6 weeks since I've last posted - been busy with applying to 13 different Public Art opportunities and getting things finished and installed in the Yew Dell Gardens 7th outdoor sculpture show.
 I did manage to create this functional sculpture called "Battery Bench".  It's image is intended to remind the viewer of a 9 volt battery.  The concept is to allow the viewer to stop, rest a bit and recharge.
 It is made from Indiana Limestone, measures 40"W x 25"D x 26"H and weighs approximately 1,500 lbs.  There's a complex design of pathways that look like circuits in an electronic device.  They are made with a stippled bush texture to add visual and tactile complement to the polished rectangle.
 Moving around the piece clockwise, you can see the variety of textures in this piece.  The end is split, as well as the bottom of the base, with the drill holes adding a stark visual pattern.
 A section of the original rough matrix was left on the top piece. Directly under the 'battery', the top of the base has been cut and polished to look like it is emerging from the rough matrix around the very bottom of the piece.  
 The back has that "surface of the moon" look from a natural stylolite seam.  There's a lot going on in this piece, and you have to take a close look at it all the way around.
 I've been too busy to make any progress on my large monolith.
 The prolonged quiet allowed a tree frog to move into the top of the scaffold.
This is one of Meg's never would have occurred to me that a loop of aluminum wire would float in a plate full of water.

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