Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sculpture and Siting

How you site sculpture determines how you experience it. 
It's that important.

Here's the St Francis relief in its new location in front of the studio.
The fountain I've wanted for three years is finally up and running. 
It's so satisfying to hear the sounds of water.

This video isn't great, but it hints at the experience.
 Sitting on the stone bench under the shade of the plum tree, you feel the
 movement and sounds of water, notice the changing light and shadows.
You become aware of reflections, both visual and mental.

Three different kinds of wasps and all the honeybees in the neighborhood stop by to drink.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sculpture and To Grandmother's House

Right now, there are all sorts of houses being made for the Grandmother.

A shade house to protect her and me from the sun. If you look closely at the background structure you can see that a trampoline cover doubles as shade cloth with about 85% screening.

A crate to protect her while we shape the back and sides so that they are square to each other and fit snugly into the metal house...

David Bales takes the lead on squaring up the log so that the sides are parallel and square to the back.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sculpture and To Grandmother's House

Heat, cluster migraines and a final installation date are all factors in the lack of recent posts on the big carving.
Did I mention fatigue?

She has two eyes now. If I'm working, the changes are big every day. That's encouraging.
Here's what she looks like this week.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sculpture and Paul Stankard

Honeybees swarming a floral hive by Paul Stankard Photo by Ron Farina
It's one thing to see and appreciate beautiful work on its own merits. But hearing Paul Stankard talk about his glass sculpture, his influences and his goals makes his art so much richer.

"I am interested in integrating mysticism with botanical realism giving the glass organic credibility. Through the work, I reference the continuum of nature, by portraying and exploring the mysteries of seeds, fertility and decay. 
The work celebrates the primal beauty of nature on an intimate level.  It is influenced by the poetry of Walt Whitman."  

Tea Rose Bouquet with Mask by Paul Stankard. Photo by Ron Farina
Here's a short video on the artist. Interesting man at a sweet spot in his life.

His pieces now appear in over 60 museums around the world including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre.
See his work on his website, and in his book, Homage to Nature.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sculpture and Ann Hamilton

MacArthur Fellow, artist Ann Hamilton has been commissioned to create a large public artwork in Seattle. She joins architects and city planners to create an interactive space on a new waterfront piers.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sculpture and the Association of Northwest Landscape Designer's 2014 Garden Tour

Time for the Association of Northwest Landscape Designer's 2014 Garden Tour, Saturday June 28.
Six gardens are on the tour, each featuring art and sculpture. My art will be in the Moore Garden.

That arbor needs to do more than just support a clematis. Since the neighbors are so close, let's use it to frame a sculpture and create a view within this garden......

There is a deluxe garden shed that serves as a winter conservatory for tender plants.
The little lion now stands guard outside that door.

It's an effort to transport these heavy cast stone sculptures. I got smart and hired strong help to carry and install the sculpture. It's all worth it to see how art changes the way you experience a garden space.

Adam leveling the steel frame for St Francis.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sculpture and Sun Signs

Design fails make you evaluate what you are doing.
Working harder won't fix it. Asking WHY it isn't working is the direction out.  

I'm adapting a client's designs for two metal panels for screening in her garden.
Everything was going smoothly until the last element was changed from a bird to the sun.

The first attempts were too chaotic, later efforts created an unintentional swastika feeling. Not good.

 This was a design based on an eclipse.

Paper cuts are unique in that you don't really know what they look like until you're done.
You stand back and evaluate the results. This attempt combined the worst: chaotic and swastika.

After 7 different paper cuts, I gave up trying for a swirling spiral, and went back to circles.From there the final result was only three paper cuts away.
Can't show you the entire panel, but am very glad to have this on as a keeper.
It has a nice turning movement, and reads as both sun and flower.
Best of all, it reverses the black on white relationships in the rest of the panel to read as white on black.