Sunday, October 31, 2010

Elements

I had a desire recently to create a sculptural piece which combines a few of the natural elements which surround us. I decided on wood ( my primary medium) along with metal and stone. With this in mind I had to somehow combine these three elements into a small sculptural piece of art.

Typically, I use what I have available in my studio for smaller works unless I absolutely have something else in mind which demands other material. A little searching through my inventory of materials, I found what I needed. Metal rod, some stone pieces, and a very nice fairly hefty piece of figured big leaf maple.

These materials have specific dimensions associated with them, so the next phase is how to combine these materials into a sculpture which brings forward the vision I have in mind. The vision is to somehow demonstrate how three different elements can come together cohesively. A few sketches and design iterations later, and it came to me on how to put this all together. Next came the technical aspect of the creation, how to attach three completely different elements together as well as sculpting the main wood body into the desired shape.

The result is above and judging from initial feedback I have received, it is not bad as a sculpture. I enjoyed the process of designing and creating this particular sculpture as it presented some challenges to my skill set. This is the first time I have combined these particular three elements into one piece and hopefully I will be able to use this experience to continue exploration into these alternative mediums.

3 comments:

Tico said...

I think your design here is really good. Nice combination of materials, a simple and interesting structure.

Just moments before reading this post, I read the heartwood blog which showcases Bigleaf Maple. Maybe that coincidence is telling me something.

Best,

Tico

Anonymous said...

I very much appreciate what you're doing here!

Norman Pirollo said...

It is a fascinating wood to see and work with. I had a chunk of it here and was wondering how to incorporate it into a sculptural piece.