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Budding Sculptor at 56, chiefly interested in mold-making and casting, with particular interest in geometric abstraction, industrial technology, vis a vis solar power and re-chargable batteries that could power kinetic sculpture and illuminate LCD screens.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Modulated Cube

Curious about how I would be attempting to fabricate these surfaces from a mold, casting six faces and assembling them I drew some more on the subject today.

ripples

I'm also including a previous drawing that follows my curiousity with geometric objects.

Calthrop3

Friday, December 11, 2009

Visualization Of A Site

I've been playing around with certain tools that are readily available for public use to envision what it might look like to put a sculpture or two of my own design on a piece of land. This site I chose out of what seemed like an accrued life-long awareness of a simple vacancy on the edge of an urban residential subdivision. It's on a bluff over a river with a railroad also squeezed in below and in between. On the other side of the river is the Public Waterworks. So it's all marginal, public land already. It once had a water tower on it. What is left is the concrete base in an octagonal layout.

North Prairie Google Earth Street View

park from pdf

Sculpture Park

sculpture park study1

sculpture park study2

I imagine it amounts to about five to eight acres that is flat enough to still use as a park for public sculpture.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Other Artists

Every once in a while I go to the Google warehouse looking for influence or drawing tips. I found another artist whose work I'd like to show here, Fred Bartels, "Cardboard Venus"


This can be found in Google Sketchup's warehouse under it's title or his name.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Armature For A One Gallon Egg

Going from the previous sketch diameters I constructed the armature for an egg that will hold one gallon of liquid when it is finished. Having tested the development of half I found that the foamboard was 9/16" thick, not 1/2". I redrew the development this morning and applied the new intersections of the radii to the egg countour, losing one full thickness after nine pieces.

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This last photo illustrates how I converted a barstool into a sculpture stand.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Armature Development ~ One Gallon Container

After some thought I have decided to first develop an egg-shaped container that will conveniently hold one gallon of paint. I had to look up a volume formula for an ellipsoid and convert some measurements back and forth. I might go back to metric and refine things a bit. At this point I'm merely happy to develop an armature out of styro-foam that can be found in a home improvement store at 1/2" thick.
Illustrations follow which approximate the measurements I need:

004gallon egg basic armature

The basic armature.

002half inch layer gallon egg_short side

The short side.

003half inch layer gallon egg_long side

The long side.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Egg-Shaped Containers ~ The Trebuchet Project

I have an outline for a project I've been dreaming about doing for a long time. I want to use a trebuchet-launched paint projectile to paint upon the Arkansas River Levee. The projectiles themselves will be big enough to hold five gallons of acrylic house paint, an approximate fifty pound payload. My intent is to make them out of a thin-walled reinforced plaster which can withstand the sudden acceleration from the trebuchet, but not the sudden inellastic collision with the concrete berm of which the levee is made. In essence, I want to channel a once terrorising weapon built for destroying castles to paint a very inviting canvas that's been sitting there waiting for me for about eighty years.

Ellipsoid 5gallon

I've started a rudimentary plan on the trebuchet.

trebuchet2

I have also accessed one of the better target areas with Google Earth that is still rather blank, and sites from where I anticipate having the best ranging.

Aerial 1 Google Earth

Aerial 2 Google Earth

aerial 3

aerial4

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Geometric Solids

I am fascinated by modulating faces on geometric solids with waves and textures.

corrugated octahedron
I've always have wondered what different things I could do with the basic solids, whether restlessly kneading an eraser in my hand or simply looking at nature and ruminating over the sheer anomaly of straight lines.

wavy cube

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