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the face of utah sculpture

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

last friday night, we went to the opening of The Face of Utah Sculpture exhibition Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. A variety of work with some truly good stuff in the mix. Here is a sampling of things i liked, as well as a couple i found, well, interesting.

chris coleman
spheres (i didn’t note the name) by Chris Coleman

cradle of life and death
Cradle of Life and Death by Shawn Porter

custom continental
Custom Continental by B. Clark

dream
Dream by Sylvia Davis
beautiful tones in the patina on this one

fetal
Fetal by Mark Degraffenried

flame
Flame by Ryoichi Suzuki
i wish i could have had better light for this. The patina was fabulous. It looked like stone.

gratitude
Gratitude by K. Miduch

haute coutre torture
Haute Coutre Torture by J. Lucius

hybrid seed
Hybrid Seed by N. Johannsen

jackknife
Jack Knife by D. Holz

la jeune femme
La jeune Femme by J. Young

michelle
Michelle (something) by Dan Gerhart

penguin
Penguin by U. Brodauf

gypsy woman
Gypsy Woman by P. Pobil

recombinant michelle
Recombinant Michelle by Dan Gerhart

the standard works
The Standard Works by B. Fairbanks
Moses, St Peter, Nephi and Joseph Smith, Jr

treepeople 1
Tree People by Greg Raglan
This is so beautiful in person.
The forms carry a real sense of the organic.
they turn their heads up to the sky,
their lips pursed,
waiting to kiss

wrong end of a 45 / the better man
The Better Man / Wrong End of a 45 by S. Rogers
some of the best western sculpture i’ve seen

If you happen to be in Utah before Aug. 24, 2006, try to check it out.

flying guy

Friday, May 19th, 2006

flying guy
SOP’s flying guy

more pictures available in my “flying objects” flickr set (see link in the left-hand side-bar).

this list

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

i haven’t been posting. Why? Well…

  1. i’ve been training for this
  2. which made me buy this*.
  3. so icould listen to more of this**, this*** and this when running over 2 hours.
  4. then i found this to help me plan and track my runs, and more hours were lost
  5. but i have also been doing a bit of this:
  6. orange socks
    yes, they really are that orange

  7. and sop has been doing plenty of this:
  8. flying guy sculpture

  9. and i even did a little of this:
  10. tulip photo

* not sure how i feel about this, actually. So very ‘branded’. But, it can serve as a memory stick as well, and that is always a bonus. I don’t want to rely on it – I doubt i’ll use it for runs less than 12 miles or so, but i also hope i use it enough to justify spending any money at all on it.
**we went to see Zachary Ross and Barclay Martin at a friend’s house (well, at the house of a friend of a friend, actually) last friday night. Very enjoyable live. Listen to a couple tunes and see what you think…
*** Guster is one of my favorite bands – live or otherwise (by that i mean recorded, not dead).

progress

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

at least sop is making progress…

wooden propellor for flying guy sculpture

flying objects

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

for the past few months, our lives have been dominated by flying objects.

SOP was one of the artists chosen to produce a sculpture along the theme of flying objects. Rather than try to tell you about his piece,

let me show you the maquette:

flying guy maquette

the final sculpture is 9 ft x 9 ft and will be on a 14 ft pole. We’ve fiberglassed the body (please let me know if you are interested in seeing pictures of that process) and sop has now shaped the engine cowls:

engine cowls in action
think he is happy about this?

the cowls are steel, with brass tips. They will be chromed, as will the front cones for the propellors:

nose cones
not for traffic

It’s been a long process, much more for sop than for me of course. Although i helped him with the fiberglass (and was dehydrated for a week from the chemicals), mostly it has been just him – pretty well every evening and weekend.

Can’t wait for this to be done. There are 12 sculptures total (3 others from people we know well) and some very cool ideas. The sculptures will be placed at various locations throughout salt lake city for 2 years. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures at the unveiling. I’m getting pretty excited.