Mike Roig, Sculpture
Whirled of Nature
So Whirled of Nature is destined to be the grandest scale piece I've built to date. As with any
sculpture, however, it happens one step at a time. Break it down in your mind to its components,
and then start to assemble the puzzle.
In this case starting means cutting the various component shapes for the base from
cardboard. This helps me to plot the most efficient use of of the sheet steel I'll be sectioning.
After many months of thought and planning while clearing the deck of other projects,
finally the first sparks fly.
Holes get drilled.
The plates around the fifteen anchor bolt holes will allow ground clearance for dispersal of
any condensed moisture that might accumulate in the body of the sculpture. That moisture is given egress through
the three weep holes in this base plate.
As things take shape, I will add updates. I write these fabrication diaries for a number of
audiences: my client, who I want to keep apprised of the progress being made, and for
sculpture enthusiasts. I also keep a record of them for construction and assembly
strategies employed in this specific sculpture.
For the people who have expressed interest in my working methods, and others
who would like insight into how this one artist approaches the making of sculpture
- this is for you as well.
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