A limited edition sculpture which expresses the motion of a leap, though you may also see a heron or other wading bird. This is the first of the edition. The others will be made in other patinas, and may be made in different sizes. #3/6 has already been made as a larger piece for an installation in Japan.
Starting from disc-shaped ikebana vases I make, I became interested in the shape of what I call a 'lens arc': if you make a lens by dishing two discs of metal, then slice a piece off the edge, you get a lens arc. I started to make some of these shapes for use in wallpiece RCB 08.05, and then to make a large ring of them overlapping. When I was working on the ring, I was holding several lens arcs together to see what they would look like, then let go of them on a table, and they fell into a new arrangement, just touching, which intrigued me. I immediately photographed it, and later came back and worked with the idea as its own piece. This is where the Leap series came from.
The sculpture is fabricated from sheets of brass, cut by hand, dished with soft hammers, brazed together, and patinaed with sculptural patinas mixed from scratch and applied while heating the metal. The piece will stand on its own metal foot, and is surprisingly stable, but for more security it is provided with a marble base, which can be bolted onto the foot. Alternatively, you can use the bolts to attach it to a wooden or metal pedestal, or replace them with threaded rod to glue into a heavier base in stone or cement.
If you are interested in another piece in this series in other colors (or even a larger size), please talk to me about the possibility. I have only made the first three of six so far.
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