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RuBert

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Fri May 7, 2004 3:46pm Rating: 8.00 

Nice sculpture! What kind of rock is that in the middle? I like the tower form that almost turns into a question mark. Can you tell us a little about this piece?

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JAZ

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Sun May 9, 2004 10:52pm

Actually, the form in the middle is a big slab of cherry wood. I can't imagine the tree it must have come from - pretty darned big for a cherry tree. Like our American forests, this slab of wood is beautiful in a raw, untamed way. My son was a pipe organ builder and the cherry slab had been kicking around the shop where he worked for awhile. It was a beautiful piece so no one had the heart to get rid of it, but there was a crack in it making it unuseable for their purposes. So my son asked if he could give it to me. I constructed the steel sleeve to stabilize the crack and at the same help incorporate the wood with the metal.

The sculpture began with the brake disc. I was working at a welding shop owned by two guys who repaired fire apparatus and there were always random spectators coming through to see how their work was going. One guy - Charlie - brought me this brake disc one day and said let's see what you can make out of this. I constructed the "spokes" and rim around it to make it bigger, then I decided it need to be up high, so began to add things below. The divided rectangular element with the bird form on top has rungs spaced using the Fibanacci sequence.

The curving steel rod part started with a mistake. I was trying to bend a rod into a circle using my old rolling bender. Because the rod is round, it spun through the roller making a spiralling shape. That was even better than the circle I was going for, so I immediately made two more, then cut some small lengths and welded them into the triangles you see. That made the curve more permanent. Once it was welded onto the base of the sculpture it had the unsettling property of vibrating at the least disturbance. If you walked by the sculpture, it would jiggle for quite some time. Eerie. So, I welded it to the disc. But sometime I'm going to make some similar elements and have them stand independently and take advantage of that propensity to vibrate as though the steel was alive.

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Sat September 25, 2004 11:38am Rating: 10.00 

Hi Joyce, I like this new piece, it's different from the other work I've seen you post. It's funny how you have taken a found object (cherry wood) and the mishap with the slip roller and turned them into a piece that has such a planned, formal and conceptual look to it. Ahh, creativity, how strangely it rears up and bites us! And the results one gets when allowing for such play and serendipity. Very nice work!

Jeff

P.S. We have so much fun as creative people in our studios, don't we?
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