Cor-ten steel; weathered patina Dimensions: 195"H x 42" diameter
As an artist, I am constantly looking at shapes in nature, be they plant, animal, or mineral, and their relationships to our world as inspiration for my form-giving.
Seedstack, my largest sculpture to date, will bring together multiple elements and techniques that constitute my body of work thus far. In addition, Seedstack will embody joinery techniques drawn from my extensive experience in woodworking. This piece is a chimerical marriage of plant, realized by the awn and shield shaped components, and animal, expressed through the vertebral nature of the assemblage.
Usually, I produce a study maquette for each sculpture I make to verify scale and proportion, but in this case I moved directly from sketch to full-scale by producing 1:1 drawings of the piece in order to work out the joinery/assemblage details as I confirm proportion. These drawings were then used to generate patterns for the awn/shield shaped components.
Rolling panels into eliptical forms
Tacking together the front and back panels of an awn element
Top three awn elements on full-scale pattern drawing
Bottom two awn elements with sides tacked and awaiting their tops and bottoms
Bottom shield element front and back ready for assembly
Assembling bottom shield element
Sheild element sides formed, scribed, and cut out
tack-welding sides to shield element
Initial front elevation drawing for Seedstack
Initial side elevation drawing for Seedstack
Initial back elevation drawing for Seedstack
Awn elements laid out on full-scale drawing
View from top of work towards it's eventual base
Transferring awn penetration points to subsequent awn element in order to cut a trapezoidal, tapered mortise