Scrapyard Abstract No. 5

Scrapyard Abstract No. 5

This one I absolutely love. The form itself is really dynamic and interesting, so I felt like it would probably work just fine to leave it be, but I wanted to find a way to use the space which the form wraps around. I toyed with dozens of various elements that could have occupied that space and created an interesting harmony or tension with the central form, but after half the night had gone by I still hadn’t found just the right thing… The piece reminds me of music in some ways, referencing both notes on a page and sort of twining piano keys. It also makes me think of a storm, or vortex, or swirling smoke. But the breakthrough idea came when I saw it as a sheltering tree, and that sort of pointed me in another direction.

Some of the things I like best in sculpture are interactivity, movement, change, collaboration: It occured to me that it would be really interesting to incorporate an element that could change over time and could be added by the owner or viewer of the sculpture. So I added a piece to the base which makes it kind of a vase for dried plants. Because I wanted to preserve a really sharp line, I did not weld the sides of the vase, just the bottome and inside top edges… but if someone wanted to be able to use live plants or cut flowers which need water, there are ways that the inside of the vase could be sealed. Probably the best way would be to powdercoat the entire sculpture in whatever color the buyer chooses, thuse sealing and waterproofing the whole thing.

What I love best is the way plants or flowers interact and weave through the body of the sculpture, changing and filling out the form. I especially like the contrast between the hard industrial substance of the steel and the softer, more organic matter of the plant.

Arbor Vitae : Scrapyard Abstract No. 5

Arbor Vitae : Scrapyard Abstract No. 5

Arbor Vitae : Scrapyard Abstract No. 5