Sculpture show: Autumn at Hawk Ridge Farm 2016

uprising_at_hawkridge

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.

spiral_model

Spiral Shape 

 

 

Feather Dance

This is a new sculpture, done in May 2012 and installed at the Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay.  The show “Wings” was curated by June LaComb.

model for Feather Dance

Feather Dance done

with rust patina

I think it ended up being about 7 x 3 x 3′

Feather Dance installed at Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay

Me and Feather Dance

New Leaf 2

This sculpture was made in May and is installed at Hawk Ridge Farm for the show Metal and Stone. June LaComb curated the show.

New Leaf 2, made out of steel rod

side view

installed at Hawk Ridge, Maine

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

the patina is beautiful orangy rust

Patio design with Sculpture

new patio behind the house, view from upstairspatio, stone bench and sculpture

patio, stone bench and sculpture

closer view at sculpture and day lilies in the background

different view of sculpture on patio

Here are a few views of our new patio.  It was a long process.  It nicely showcases the sculpture “Harmony” out of steel.

I also used steel pipe to drape the Kiwi vine over.  It is a nice shady space in the middle of the day.  The stone bench against the house is a great spot to sit in the morning or evening.

Sculpture Journal 7/2

installation

installation

It feels good to have “Uprising” installed!

I would have liked to have company digging the sod and setting the sculpture in, but it went pretty smooth.  I draped a sand bag over the cross section, covered the dirt with plastic and filled in the crushed stone.  On the way home I picked up 2 more buckets to add when I get back to Merryspring, so there is no more plastic showing.

nice view from the lili bed

nice view from the lili bed

the crushed stone gives the sculpture a nice base to sit on

the crushed stone gives the sculpture a nice base to sit on

I am curious to see the change when it is rusted

I am curious to see the change when it is rusted

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

Sculpture Journal 6/26 #2

Uprising all welded together

Uprising all welded together

I finally could fine tune the last curve of Uprising.  I cut a few more inches off, ground the 2 ends to meet the other tubes and tacked it together.  I had enough time to start with the final welding on all the connections, praying  that the gas would last.  Voila, during the last touch up of the last weld I felt the flame getting cooler and cooler- it was perfect timing.

I have a pretty cool sculpture sitting in my driveway:)

from below

from below

side laying

side laying

enclosed

enclosed

Sculpture Journal 6/26

Flowering morning glory's

Flowering morning glory's

I stopped at Merryspring today to see the sight for the next sculpture and saw that “Flowering” already has a few morning glory’s in bloom.   The sculpture is also starting to rust in a few spots. I can’t wait until it is all nicely covered in brown patina.