Monday, June 19, 2017

Buffalo Commission - Month 4

4 months have passed since the 22,000 lb. block of stone arrived at the studio.
 I've made some major changes from the preliminary model.
The most noticeable, are the deeply carved plants.
Kentucky Bourbon is at least 51% corn with the remainder being a blend of wheat, barley and rye.  I decided to add this educational aspect as the diagonal lines on the model were... boring.  They made the piece look heavy and static. 
 Here's the views as I walk around the piece...
 ...from the front...
 ... and further around... his left side...
 ...and around the back.
 ...coming around full circle

Then, ending with a wildlife picture -  a mother Raccoon showing her 2 babies my fountain on a hot afternoon.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Birthday Bench and Birthday Waterfalls

The theme for this week was "birthdays"....
 Monday, Meg used her crane truck to deliver my bench to a private residence in Louisville.
 It was a commission to celebrate a milestone birthday - which happened to be the day before mine.
 This is the back view of the bench.
 Thursday was my 56th birthday.  Meg and I went to Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, Indiana.  This is Big Clifty Falls - 1 of 4 big waterfalls in the park.
 This is Tunnel Falls.  If you can see the 2 people at the left edge of the pool (1 has a black shirt, the other carrying a child), it will help you to get a sense of the scale.
 I enjoyed stumbling through the long, dark railroad tunnel near Tunnel Falls.

Afterwards, we ate at The Red Pepperoni in Madison, IN where we found THE best pizza; artichoke sauce with onions, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella.  Unbelievable!
 Before heading home, we went north of town on 421 and stopped at a road cut to look for fossils.
These are the best from what I found in a short time: horn corals, a gastropod and a selection of brachiopods.  This is how I like to spend my birthdays!