Artist's description:

This wallpiece is the second piece to come about from a quick gestural sketch I made one day which, when elaborated, suggested three figures emerging from a fog. The first piece had three figures side by side composed of rectangular prisms. This piece reacted to that one by making a larger figure, much more angular and extreme in its movement, brighter in its colors, and standing (or advancing) alone.

Most of my wallpieces are completely non-representational, and generally are not named, but only numbered. This one, however, in addition to starting from a suggested figure, has accreted a number of different names in my mind depending on which direction it is hung. As with most of my work, I like it hung in many different directions. In its original upright orientation, I have referred to it as "Runway Model" for the original figure, but also as "Torch," seeing the top as a blue flame, and as "Paintbrush." If it is flipped over, but still with the main axis vertical, it suggests a rocket launch, and I call it "Ad Astra." But I also see in it a godlike figure seen from below, striking downward with a spear, or a staff, or a lightning bolt, and I call it "Odin," "Mage," or "Bringing Down the Lightning." If it is mounted a little off from vertical with the long point upward and to the side, it can still suggest a rocket, but it is also a wild electric guitar, and I call it "Air Guitar." Finally, if it is mounted horizontally it has tremendous rushing motion to the side where it is pointing, and I call it "Dart" or "Flechette" (and I can imagine it pointing people's way somewhere in a large open space). I have enjoyed hanging it in different directions and changing it around on different days of a show to get different reactions.

The wallpiece is composed of many hollow, thin-walled boxes folded by hand from brass sheet, brazed at their corners, patinaed with traditional sculptural patinas, and assembled with bolts. Its total weight is only about 22 pounds.

This piece can hang on two screws well secured into wall studs or in ordinary drywall anchors. I can also provide hanging clips which may make installation simpler in some circumstances. I do not recommend this piece for hanging out of doors, though it may be okay in a sheltered location.

The piece will be packed with it's long leg removed for secure shipping. Some assembly will be required with provided tools and bolts.

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Materials used:

Brass, patinas

Wallpiece RCB 08.04 (2008)


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This artwork is sold by Reed Bowman from United States

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