This is a commissioned art project. It consists of two ten feet tall olive trees sculpted from cast and fabricated bronze.
This is the process of making an olive tree in cast and fabricated/welded bronze. First i draw out the tree as a rough template with all the size measurements. I will sculpt two trees on either side of a fountain where the branches join and mingle at the top. I'm doing all of the wax work in my studio and then bringing the waxes to the bronze foundry to be cast. The trunk and main branches i'm casting in sections then i'l weld them together. The finished trees will be patinad in colors and lacquered.
Here I have sculpted the tree in wax parts.
Some of the bronze tree parts back from the foundry.
The bronze tree parts laid out and ready for welding.
The olive leaves and olives were made from a sheet of silicon bronze. after the shapes were plasma cut in the sheet the parts were pressed with dies that i hand made. They were pressed in a 20 ton shop press then welded, ground, polished and welded again onto the branches.
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.
To make An object that inspires the spirit, uplifts the mood, encourages thought and created joy and emotion from scrap metal requires focus.
to be continued:
Here is a commissioned sculpture piece installed in 1997 that surfaced in a recent Cape Cod Banner article.
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.
This brochure is a collection of my very first welded metal figure sculptures. It showcases some of the first pieces i created that started a 25 year journey in this medium. Here is the entire brochure from cover to cover.
Here is a brief slideshow of some images of how i create a large welded metal sculpture.
I first chose an illustration i could enlarge and transfer to my work table.
I then bend metal pieces to conform to the drawing and construct a 3D metal framework of the face and head. The structure shows the basic planes of the head that i use as a reference when adding metal to construct a face. My armature is the framework that i built from the drawing. this I use as a guide when starting to sculpt a large metal face. I have attached the armature to a stable steel base that is a good working height. later on in the sculpting process when the new sculpted form has enough strength to stand on its own, i remove the under-structure or armature and set aside for another time.
The sculpture is starting to take shape.
Now for some buffalo horns and feather head-dress and off to the sculpture park.
I have just launched a new video blog channel called "Explore Welded Metal Sculpture". It is about Education, Motivation and Inspiration for welded metal sculpture. This You Tube channel is for anyone who wants to see videos of my finished sculptures, sculptures in progress, sculpture and art projects i am working on and education on how to weld metal sculpture.
It is also focused on helping those of you interested in my sculpting process, the tools i use, arts shows, art shows i'm curating and art exhibits i'm involved in.
This You Tube channel is also geared to help motivate, educate and inspire those interested in how to get started with welded metal sculpture. The main goal of this channel is to express the inspiration and achievements of what i love to do most and share any knowledge that can help others get started in this awesome and rewarding art-form.
The video is coming soon. It loaded sideways so i need to redo it. Please come back later to see it. Thank You.
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.
A blog on my sculpture and sculpting process.