“Dragon Table, cast steel, glass top, 37″h x 45″L x 24″w.
A blues bar in Chicago flooded from the Chicago River. A grand piano was destroyed. A gentleman from Eli Lilly salvaged the wood to make cabinets, and his friend told me about the sound board. After several juxtapositions, I welded this version of all the sound board parts into a new piece of furniture/art….a dragon table.
Harmony, 12’ x 3’ x 3’, stainless cubes. Vistech Research Park, W. Lafayette, IN. The art call asked for concepts that represented business people working together in a high tech innovative atmosphere, with thoughts on technology companies working together, connected for growth. I proposed “Harmony”, apiece comprised of 12 stainless steel metal cubes of various sizes pivoting around an axis, going to a height of 12 feet. This concept was presented not only as a set of sketches and photo mockups, but also as a physical scale model. Through the model and sketches, conversations could focus on the sculpture’s orientation, placement, and installation. Additional conversations about the piece resulted in fabrication adjustments to account for the environmental (wind) and the human (students possibly hanging on it).
Dancer, steel metal balls, 18″ x 6″ x 8″
Metal sculpture using computer mouse balls and welded wire to fuse it together.
Hand carved dancer, ash wood, 18″ x 14″ x 10″ .
Indy Racer, 34” L x 15” w x 9” h, welded cold rolled steel. I used a model of Emerson Fitapaldi’s Lola and many photographs I took from around Gasoline Alley. To sculpt a race car out of straight metal rod was challenging. I created a grid; where every angle and every contour was simplified into its most basic form … a line. The cockpit, wheelbase and transmission proved the most difficult. However, after several attempts, and several variations, I ended up with the colorful rendition that you see in the photo layout.