Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In Progress

 So this is a sculpture in progress.  It is about five feet by seven feet and four feet tall, except the lady who is six feet tall.  The pots will be cleaned and repainted and planted with cascading fuchsias. I am building it for a juried art competition for a gallery show in September.  The Theme is recycling/reuse and I think this will be appropriate. It is made of 100% scrap.  The center support is a huge muffler and the twisted steel, stuff I found, rusted and thrown into the scrap heap.  The flower pots were once porcelain over steel light fixtures from an old school gymnasium.
    If this doesn't get me into the show or if it doesn't sell, it will look great in my garden!

The lady is far from finished.  She needs a hat! and arms, of course
with lots of bracelets and jewelry, and fingers with rings!
The eyes are ball bearings, tossed for their imperfections.
The eyebrows are bicycle gears, ears are washers and earrings
are stainless steel logos from a motor home company that went
out of business.

The child is pretending to be holding this whole display up. He is happy with his strength!

I really agree with the philosophy of this show.
All this stuff was found at my local recycling scrap steel yard and all of it was on its way to China.
Ground and bailed for their reuse so we could buy more stuff from China!  It would be so easy to stop this process!  Just don't buy junk, that is all it would take. A philosophy of quality. The satisfaction of knowing that whoever made what we bought did it well and sold it at a fair price. Easy to say but difficult to do because deep down inside we want it cheap.  Funny about that.  We get what we pay for.
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Clipped Wings said...

Can't wait to see what it will look like all together. I have purchased European items much in the past due to the quality issue, but now days I try to find USA items of quality. You do get what you pay for, so I am for purchasing less and going for better quality.

Barbra Joan said...

I'm thinking this is going to be a winner !!! I know you can do it!

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh my! These are fabulous pieces, Jerry. I can't wait to see them finished and in their entirety!

Maundering mutterer said...

Whimsical! Oh Jerry, your art is so versatile! Thanks for sharing it on your blog!