New copper sculpture

It has been fun finishing this copper sculpture “Phoenix”.

The new exploration for me was to figure out how to let the piece rotate in the base.  To achieve this, I carved the base out of cement and inserted tubing and ball bearings.

You can find videos on my FB page.

Now I am creating a larger 5.5 foot version in steel.

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Sculpture show: Autumn at Hawk Ridge Farm 2016

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Some of you might be aware of the sculpture show curated by June LaCombe, Autumn at Hawk Ridge Farm.

Here is the link to images of the sculpture show: Autumn at Hawk Ridge. Please browse through them.  It is not the same as seeing them first hand in nature.  But you will get an idea of the great diversity of sculptural expression.

You can see my sculptures in the company of so many great pieces by about 30 Maine artists.  My sculptures are images # 13, 28 and 81.

Here is a photo I took of “Uprising” on the sculpture path.  This is the first time this piece is installed in the woods.  I always had it in open spaces.  See what you think and let me know.

And as a preview, I am inspired to work on different shapes and forms and created the first model in copper. It also can stand as a smaller sculpture by itself.  Just in case I want to play in a bigger scale, I might leave my bending tools in a different spot for the winter, so they will not be covered by big snowbanks.  Well, it depends on how cold it will get this winter.

Enjoy the turn of the season and keep beauty in your life.

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Spiral Shape 

 

 

New Sculpture is started

The first curves are bend. The two main rods are welded together. I was thrilled that the welder worked excellent. I have not used it in such a long time- and I remembered how to weld. I was a little worried I might have forgotten. 

The gesture is outlined temporarily with copper tube. This is giving me a  rough guide to fill out the leaves with the steel rods to come. A few of which are tacked in place below.

Sculpture found a new home

New Leaf 2 had been exhibited during the Fall show at Hawk Ridge Farm.  June LaComb curated the show on the beautiful woods trail.

I am excited to hear that it found a new home and so much interest that I was commissioned to create another similar one. This will be a fun project before it gets too cold to work outside.  In fact I have more curvy  shapes floating through my mind and hope to have enough time to play with more forms.  First I will order some steel!

New Leaf 2, made out of steel rod

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installed at Hawk Ridge, Maine

New Leaf 2 dimensions are about 5 x 3 x 2′

the patina is beautiful orangy rust

“Return” a Sculpture in Cement

Here is my 2nd sculpture in cement “Return”.

This is a sculpture I have done in bronze before. My challenge was to first work the top side, wait until the cement had hardened enough to turn over and then carve the 2nd side.

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It worked beautifully.

But the sculpture invites to be touched- and the cement is pretty rough. So I waited patiently for the cement to cure.  I used the time to order a sample set of diamond sanding pads.

I was surprised how well I was able to sand the piece down by hand. It now feels smooth enough to touch. Also the edges got nice and crisp. I took it to 400 grid.  The sample set goes up to 3600, but I found the difference of the next pads was so minimal that I left it at 400.

Now I will let the piece totally dry out and I might put a sealer on it.

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