SCULPTURE


 

Green Man and Arch

A case study

While living in New Zealand, my husband and I were asked to design and build an outdoor seating area in an olive grove. It was to appear to have been there for many years, invoking images of grand architectural ruins, while not being at all sloppy. A fireplace was an integral element, otherwise it was left to us to come up with the design. Standing in the orchard I was struck by how beautifully the avenue of old olive trees lent itself to being framed, imagining the view as a snapshot through an ancient arched doorway seemed to me fitting and elegant. The clients went for it but insisted that it serve as a hillside entrance to the patio right near the fireplace rather than anchoring the end opposite the fireplace. Compromising the original vision, we reluctantly agreed to relocating it.

 
The next step was to recreate the drawing in clay.

The next step was to recreate the drawing in clay.

 
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As an added ornamental feature I was commissioned to design a sculpture of the Green Man, symbolizing growth and rebirth, which would then be cast in bronze and mounted on the central keystone of the arch. I began with a pencil sketch that was approved by the client after a couple adjustments.

As an added ornamental feature I was commissioned to design a sculpture of the Green Man, symbolizing growth and rebirth, which would then be cast in bronze and mounted on the central keystone of the arch. I began with a pencil sketch that was approved by the client after a couple adjustments.

 
Finally a silicon mold was made from the clay sculpture and the bronze castings were made, brushed with a verdigris patina, by a local artist. When the arch was finished the sculpture was mounted on both sides of the keystone.

Finally a silicon mold was made from the clay sculpture and the bronze castings were made, brushed with a verdigris patina, by a local artist. When the arch was finished the sculpture was mounted on both sides of the keystone.

 

Other Sculpture

Emergence 1

A sculpture in response to the death of my sister, symbolizing the agonizing process of pulling myself out of a place of grief and sadness and back into life.

The original sculpture was done in clay.

 
A silicon mold was made and the sculpture was cast in a plaster resin and mounted on a large slab of kauri wood.

A silicon mold was made and the sculpture was cast in a plaster resin and mounted on a large slab of kauri wood.

 
This sculpture was featured in a group art show at the Community Art Gallery on Waiheke Island, NZ.

This sculpture was featured in a group art show at the Community Art Gallery on Waiheke Island, NZ.

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