This could be the third year in a row the local paper featured an image of my work in the paper. this is a large face sculpture titled "Metaface". It is in the 2017 "Sculpture Is" show at the Sierra Azul nursery and sculpture garden in Watsonville, Ca.
This article mentions my work and features this great photo of my sculpture bust "Inner Eye", a head sculpture depicting the Third eye chakra. all done in the usual recycled metal parts. This piece has allot of space in it. I was going for a minimal approach.
Here is the unfolded sculpture park brochure for Cloverdale and Geyserville California's "Sculpture Trail" for 2016-2017.
I have two large sculptures listed here. One is "Metaface" and the other is "Into The Wind". "Into The Wind" received an honorable mention award.
It's been since 2007 since i've sculpted a large head sculpture over four ft. tall. The Cloverdale Ca. Sculpture Trail juried outdoor sculpture exhibit is a good opportunity for me to create this new piece for their 2017-2018 sculpture exhibit.
The sculpture is being made from the usual recycled metal parts and pieces. It's all welded together using mig welding and oxyacetylene cutting and welding. The biggest problem i have making a sculpture this big is finding enough interesting metal parts to use. Just recently A&S metal recycling co. just told me they will not be selling metal to individuals any more. That"s a huge disappointment because now i am forced to find other resources for my recycled metals. I was lucky to find a very generous man who let me take away a van-load of his junk metal that he was tossing out.
This Indian bust sculpture is titled "Chief Steel Feather" and will be on display this summer of 2017 in the town of Cloverdale Ca. Keep in mind this image is early in progress so its hard to judge how it will look when finished. It will have a large feather head-dress and other embellishments.
Here it is more progressed.
This figure sculpture Titled "Into the wind" is on exhibit in Cloverdale California as part of the2016/2017 "sculpture Trail" Cloverdale and Geyserville's outdoor public art exhibit.
This welded steel recycled bicycle sprocket bust sculpture was exhibited at Oakwilde Ranch and Sculpture in 2015. It is titled "Gears Of Thought" and it won best in show that year. Here is that years page, http://oakwilderanchsculpture.com/?page_id=142 Off their website.
This image shows the indoor gallery. The grounds are 50 acres and display many other permanent and traveling artworks. the sculpture park is in Valley Springs California.
This piece is a favorite of mine. I titled it "Woven Reflections". welded entirely out of stainless steel. Most of the laticework on the face was done by plasma cutting tons of 1/8 inch sheet stainless steel into ribonlike pieces and the weaving hammering and welding them in place.
The monumental face sculpture was fabricated using a steel armature underneath it. the understructure is a sculpture as well.
The reason behind the name of this piece is that during it's construction 9/11 took place. It was somewhat ironic that i ran out of the ribbon like pieces of metal i was using and had to improvise by strategicly placing in the more geometrical rectangular pieces seen peaking through. These pannels were put in the day before the 9/11 tragedy. In retrospect after the piece was finnished i reflected on the piece and the event in NYC and was shocked to see what looked like buildings falling amidst smoke and rubble hidden in the fabric of the face.
The reflectiveness and woven structure of the metal, the reflection on the incomprehensible event and all the unfathomable emotions of all the people seemd to rest in peace in a simple gesture of a giant metal face. I feel like in some strange way it helped ground all the kaotic and fear based energy at that time and sent out a vibration of peace, calm and stabillity in a time of soul questioning and confusion.
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