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02-14-2005, 05:34 AM
This is a piece that I created over a period of about 6 months, I have named him Sapian. He is made of stainless steel, and weighs over 200lbs, and stands over 4ft tall.
02-14-2005, 08:47 AM
Hi, Wow, let's see, a 4 ft. head and an adult is 7 heads high = 28 ft. tall. Imagine him in the NBA! I can see that a lot of work went into making "SAPIAN" and I've got a couple of questions, What gauge steel did you use? Did you use an english wheel at all on the complex curves?
Looks really well crafted and I could imagine him sitting in front of a psychiatrists office or maybe a plastic surgeon who specializes in cranial/facial surgery.
For me, the nice part is that because of it's size and straight up adherence to anatomy, it doesn't exhibit any associations to Halloween scariness or real human skulls but becomes an ART object per se. I like that and I like the piece.
Could you imagine doing the whole skeleton?
Have a great day,
02-14-2005, 12:59 PM
Hey Jeff, thanks for the interest, The skull is made of 14ga stainless steel, and I did not use an english wheel, I used a small hand brake, and a buzz box stick welder, that I reversed the polarity and scratch start TIG welded, the whole piece. The teeth are a piece of shear off scrap stainless, 3/8 thick, everything else is 14ga. The curves are somthing that was a learning process, so I see alot of imperfections, however, all the curves are made with paper and duct tape, and then cut to relieve the curve into a flat pattern, and then transfered onto the stainless,as a flat pattern, and then fabricated back onto the skull, A very time consuming process. A process that is very acurate, in the fact that it provides you with a way to make almost any form. I am still mastering the process. My next project is going to be a very big predator bird, done in the same fashion, I like detail. Jay Long "jaysmetalart.com"
02-14-2005, 08:36 PM
Very nice piece, Jay. I like the fact that the curves on the head are not simple geometry, but reflect the actual truth of a skull. Do keep going.
02-24-2005, 07:10 PM
I love it, Jay. I can appreciate the skill and care it took to create.
02-25-2005, 01:21 PM
Thank you, It was definintly a priorty for quite awhile.
I hope this goes somewhere prominent but I can understand if the subject matter poses a problem to that. I would love to come across this in the middle of my day out and about.
03-17-2005, 08:53 AM
right on ALH, I hope the very same. thanks Jay
03-18-2005, 07:48 PM
Nice fabrication.Believe it or not my old man collects sculls.I am also a stainless sculptor,and I would love to see this sculpture sitting in the lobby of Harley Davidsons headquarters.I am serious ,send me a price if it is for sale.My dad has been a biker and bike build for 50 years ,and knows some major players.Hey maybe my mom will sprig for his 70th birthday,it will look real good next to her prada shoes......................
03-19-2005, 07:44 PM
hey Iron Ant! Sapian is for sale, I have him on display at Portland Center for Performing Arts, If you would like better views of this piece go to "jaysmetalart.com" This is my website. Thanks Jay
03-23-2005, 06:44 PM
Jay it looks fabulous.
I also use the same paper pattern method and I think you've done really really well. You've inspired me to go turn the arc on again!
03-24-2005, 09:42 AM
Very impressive work, I liked seeing the other views on your site (http://www.jaysmetalart.com/).
03-24-2005, 09:57 AM
Hey Jay I will check it out.My ol' man also has a business in Portland,although home base is Atlanta.I will check it out and turn him on too it.Inbetween his house in Atlanta and Corona Del Mar he makes it up to Portland.He is buddies with "Willie G " who runs Harley Davison.He aslo has tried to buy a couple of dealerships,got to be some big time biker that could appreciate the skill and theme of your sculpture.
03-24-2005, 01:22 PM
Hey Mordachai! I appreciate your compliment, and I say go for the arc. Jay
Fused, Hey, I am but average on a computer, and would like to know how you go about connecting links, such as you did in your reply message. and thanks for your interest. Jay
Iron Ant, Sometimes I go out of town in my line of work, so I check this forum evey chance I get, I will leave a phone number on my web site, also check out the other skulls on my site, I am looking to make a custom tear drop style gas tank for a chopper style bike, ( a skull tank with a tear drop looking cranium) any way thanks Jay
01-07-2006, 05:38 PM
Hey Jay, How about making saphian into a remote controled Robot ?
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