This Metal Sculpture Chandelier is a globe of the Earth which sits inside several rotation rings. The inner globe has a three foot diameter and the outermost ring has seven foot diameter. There are eight lights in custom candle cups that both decorate and light the surroundings. The widest distance from light to light is eight feet. The continents started as a flat sheet of 14 gauge steel. I cut them out and eventually had to create a heavy duty pneumatic helve hammer to form them perfectly around the globe. The several rings are set to a twenty percent axis and represent the rotations of the earth while in orbit. The outer ring of this chandelier always had to be exactly horizontal with the ground, which lead to quite the challenging task of balancing the inner parts. The coloring is natural heated rust. If we heat the rust in the right stage of oxidation, the finish looks like a satin bronze. This Chandelier decorates a private two story library. The domed ceiling, old world murals, and intricate rails make this part of an incredible scene. It sold for twelve thousand dollars.
East of Park City Utah is a prime mountain golf course community called “Promontory.” The CC & Rs are strict, and will not allow yard features that are over six feet tall. We decided that the grandest animal metal sculpture that could fit those specifications and environment would be a Bull Elk. The Wieners had seen the Large Moose metal sculpture and wanted a similar design. The first step to creating this Elk was constructing the inner silhouette out of ¾ inch solid round rod, and then the contour lines and parallels were added with ½ inch solid round rods. The antlers are sculpted metal steel. Both sides have six points at relative variance with the other, and are clear coated with a satin finish. The body of the Elk is finished in natural rust. This piece sold for nine thousand dollars. It is slightly smaller than an average six point bull Elk, and stands exactly six feet tall at the top of the antlers. It decorates the front yard of their wonderful mountain property.
This piece is the combination of many different methods that were a long time in the learning and development. This Metal wall sculpture is three descending reliefs that are five feet wide and nine feet tall. The Indian, who is climbing in the center frame, is an abstract anatomical study. This is a method that I first experimented with on the exterior of a fitness club: now advanced (but not perfected) in the form of a Native American rock climber. The muscles and body lines often conform to real features, while much is left open and implied. It makes his figure, health, and beauty obvious, but leaves a substantial amount imaginary territory. He is fabricated out of 10 gauge steel and round rod works. He is finished in a smooth shine with heat coloring. Heat coloring is a way to bring out beautiful golden, blue, red, and purple tones in various metals by brushing it carefully with a heating torch. It’s a relatively touchy skill, though many have become quite good at it. The red rock is carefully sculpted to conform to real sand stone features. While the Climber is somewhat abstract, the rock is intended to be natural and real. Several variations of rust and oxidations color the metal in a strikingly realistic way. Petro glyphs decorate the first frame along with small bits of vegetation growing out of cracks. Lichen is colored by bronze patina. Every frame has a section of textured sky that reflects the light in brilliant ways, and gives depth and dimension to the back drop. The final frame includes silhouettes of distant cliff lines as well as a close up section of cacti, sage plants, dunes and a quail sitting on a low branch. Because the piece descended a stair well, it is hard to take a complete photo without intrusions, but the view in person represents an entire wall of carefully sculpted features and elements. For a Southern Utah Home at the base of the Breathtaking “Red Mountain,” this piece was one that both the commissioning family and myself could be very happy with.
Red Tailed Hawk with Nest: At the unveiling ceremony of the Grizzly in Evanston WY, a happy couple approached. Years ago they had installed three stone pillars in their garden overlooking the Golf course. We approached the pillars with no preemptive ideas for the pending metal sculpture that would decorate these fine features. After some creative brain storming, and narrowing down of endless options, they decided to celebrate the Red Tailed Hawks that are indigenous to that area. They often would see the hawks catch the local ground squirrels out on the fairway and take them back to their young. Such became the scene for the pillars. I sculpted a Bristlecone Pine (a knotty, hardy, twisted pine that is also indigenous) that was to appear to be growing out of a crevice in the northern pillar. The adult hawk is landing on the pine while the nest and baby chicks rest atop the southern pillar. The whole sculpture is fabricated steel with the exception of the green copper pine needles. The coloring is all natural metal art color. I often think it’s a shame to paint over the brilliant shines, textures and oxidations that various types of metal are capable of exhibiting. The right wing of the Hawk is constructed of individual feathers made of thin cold rolled steel, while the body and left wing are filled with scroll like patterns, and swirling concentric patterns. The head is solid steel, welded metal sculpture, with careful anatomical compliance. A ground squirrel has been caught in the talons and (as they do in the wild) the adult will prepare the meal in a location separate from its chicks. The whole scene acquiesces to the design which deliberates an obvious recognition of the medium as an original metal sculpture. This piece took about 220 (+ or – a lot) hours and sold for fourteen thousand dollars.