Mike Roig, Sculpture
Whirled of Nature
The base is looking good - surface refinement and finishing will await a future date
with the grinders.
Meanwhile, a new piece of equipment arrives to help with the fabrication as Whirled of Nature
grows in stature.
And with that in mind, it is time to clear the decks in front of the studio. Breathe
gets rigged for moving to the front yard, and while I'm at it I decide to get a weight for it.
Five hundred pounds - and here's a fun fact, that's what the base alone for Whirled of Nature
I feel like now some of the real visual drama can begin. The base is the platform from which
will spring the action for this sculpture, and there is certainly a lot of thought and work that
goes into it, but it's not the part of the sculpture that will pack visual punch.
As with the base, it begins with pattern making. For me it is an old fashioned process of enlarging the
patterns I saved from the model by gridding the smaller pattern and then scaling up the grid to the
4' x 8' sheets of cardboard that I cut the patterns from. The sheet steel comes on pallets cushioned
by these sheets of cardboard, and I save them for many uses - but this is a perfect application. It
not only allows me a nice substrate for the patterns, but also allows me to map out an efficient
use of the sheet steel I'll be cutting up.
Here is where the overhead hoist earns its place in the studio. The sheet steel has little
structural integrity until it gets tacked together, and that hoist is my indispensible assistant.
Here the two-dimensional shapes transform from separate, flimsy entities
into an increasingly rigid three-dimensional whole.
There are three of these "birds" to make, and one after the other their "legs" take shape.
Now things are looking nicely dramatic. In the center form you can see the piece of wood leaning
which is another pattern, in this case for the interior bracing I will be creating and adding in before
closing up the back of these forms. And before I do that I need to understand just how the
"body" of these birds will fit these "legs."
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