It has only been a few short weeks since my last blog post, but things have been clicking rather well lately, so here I am once again with sculpture SK433322231
This work is my 115th piece since I began making these machined metal sculptures thirteen or so years ago.
This design was a bit of an outlier in my sketchbook, one I have been pecking at off and on for several months.
I have been juggling a number of long term design projects and this one was sitting on a back page as sort of a pallet cleanser I would go to when I did not want to think about my more problematic designs, perhaps thats why it feels like such a departure from my more recent work.
I am happy I found the time to bring this one off the page though, as it was unexpectedly, a complete joy to make.
Working with the progression of stacked disks provided some instant gratification each day as the individual components were completely different from day to day, but could be programed and cut within a reasonably short length of time. I felt like I was always accomplishing something while machining this sculpture.
It was also nice to go back to a more subdued color palette, one where I could let the aluminum and brass shine a bit more.
Things have been pretty colorful lately and sometimes I prefer to work from the palette that the metals themselves provide. I did embellish with the anodized rings and tail, as well as the matte black powder on the ridges of the disks, but all and all pretty restrained.
Dimensions are 5.5" from nose to tail and 7.5" across from the largest points on the disks.
Blueprint Drawing dimensions are 26"x22"
Exploded Diagram is 13"x17"
Lots of fascinating process stuff here as well.
As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.