Sculpture Journal 6/30

the mounting structure for the sculpture

the mounting structure for the sculpture

I worked on a mounting structure for “Uprising”.  Since the soil depth is only 6-8” I decided to bolt the sculpture to an under laying cross that will be weight down with sandbags or flat stones.  This all will be covered up with gravel, so the sculpture will be sitting on a gravel circle.  This way the sculpture will be flat on the ground, and the lawn around it still can be cut.

After all the gas welding I have done so fare I still could use some instruction.  Today the torch kept backfiring.  In the beginning it was so violent that I thought I had the wrong gas. (I just got a new tank) Butch thought I should turn gas and Oxygen down a bit.  But with this setting I had a hard time getting enough heat into the piece.  So I turned the pressure up just a little bit more.  That got it hot enough.  Sometimes it went smooth, other times it still backfired.  Not quite so strong though.  Well I was able to get bolts welded into the spacer pipes.  I’ll know tomorrow if the welds are strong enough when I’ll tighten up the screws.  I welded those short pipes to the underside of the bottom ring.  Now I just need to drill holes into the cross and screw it all together.  The cross is as wide as the outside dimensions of the sculpture and should give enough stability.

everything bolted together perfectly!

everything bolted together perfectly!

grinding the paint coat off so it will rust even

grinding the paint coat off so it will rust even

Pam will come tomorrow and help me transport the sculpture to Merryspring.  I might have to wait till Thursday to dig the hole and do the final installation.

After seeing that the first sculpture “Flowering” is starting to rust unevenly I decided to grind the paint off this one to give it a chance to rust more evenly until the big opening.  With the moisture in the air that should work pretty nice.

removing the paint is showing the bending marks more clearly-until everything is rustedd

removing the paint is showing the bending marks more clearly-until everything is rusted

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