Making Dear Deer

Dear Deer began at Anderson Ranch with the plasma cut poem in the armor,  The piece was finished at Penland in two parts, so it could be easily transported from Asheville, NC back to Chicago.  The final step is adding a rust patina at the studio in Evanston.

The maquette

The maquette

Working out the scale

Working out the scale

Goofing around in the studio

Goofing around in the studio

Cardboard mock-up out on the Snowmass golf course

Cardboard mock-up out on the Snowmass golf course

"Armor" at Penland

"Armor" at Penland

Some grinding on the tail

Some grinding on the tail

Ready to load in the truck

Ready to load in the truck

Help from Daniel Beck at Penland. safety first for the drive from Asheville to Chicago

Help from Daniel Beck at Penland. safety first for the drive from Asheville to Chicago

Goofing around in the back of the truck, ready to deliver to the sand blaster

Goofing around in the back of the truck, ready to deliver to the sand blaster

Adding the rust patina

Adding the rust patina

With "Attached" in the studio  

With "Attached" in the studio

 

Photo Day!

Photo Day!

Making No Fear, story vase

The piece "No Fear" has had a title change to "Attached" AND.... It's finished waiting to be installed when the ground thaws this spring.

Here are photos of the final days of fabrication

Welding the word "COEXIST"

Welding the word "COEXIST"

Here is the beginning of the story vase portion of the sculpture "No Fear" to be installed at the Evanston Ecology Center

This is the rendered proposed piece.  However, the wasp will face down and there will be a 5' hexagonal base to deter climbing.

This is the rendered proposed piece.  However, the wasp will face down and there will be a 5' hexagonal base to deter climbing.

Setting up a jig for the base ring  

Setting up a jig for the base ring

 

Base ring-  with text "OF THE UNIVERSE" and Barbarini wasp ding bat.

Base ring-  with text "OF THE UNIVERSE" and Barbarini wasp ding bat.

New jig reaches 8' to place all the rings,  This will be removed once they are in place.

New jig reaches 8' to place all the rings,  This will be removed once they are in place.

Up to ring 3  

Up to ring 3

 

Making of "The Night Butterfly"

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park

 

Using the maquette as a guide the oak leaf structure for the moth was made in Pilsen with sculptors, Wes Kim and Nathan Aldredge. The smaller veins were first bent in a vice, but the tree trunk worked best.

The next set of photos show the process for making the moth.  Clair Beeson was my helper.

Making "Dung Beetle Navigates by the Stars"

The process of making the dung beetle and it's globe/home/dung ball:

 Welded steel armature was powder-coated then foam packed around it.  The foam was carved, covered with fiber glass tape, and two layers of concrete.  The concrete shell was covered with a glass mosaic which was grouted.    The globe was made from a steel armature covered with a 24" hollow foam sphere, then covered with fiberglass tape and two layers of concrete.  Then it was covered with dark blue stained thin set and pieces of colored, crushed glass.  Several sizes of glass rod were inserted to replicate the constellations.  An LED battery powered light was inserted into the globe so the glass rods light up like stars in the night sky.