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Equinox alignments at two of Kate's sculptures
SUNSCRIBER, at Starr Farm Beach in Burlington, had a clear shadow alignment along the east/west trench line of stones on autumnal equinox, September 21.
ODYSSEY OF LIGHT shows a clear reflection of sunlight forming a cross at the center of the labyrinth at All Saints Church in South Burlington, VT. This reflected cross of light occurs on vernal and autumnal equinox and on winter solstice at the labyrinth. (Under Work and Sculpture Archives see 2001 for more information)
Many of my sculptures document time; some tell clock time, while others mark the seasons, casting shadow or light at the equinoxes and at summer and winter solstice. The World Sculpture Project encompasses five sun-aligned sculptures, the earliest in Stanstead, Quebec, and Oslo, Norway, and later ones in Sendai, Japan, Hawaii and Nelson, New Zealand.
Inspiration sometimes comes from curves I see in nature: fiddlehead ferns and tendrils of vines or grasses moving in the wind. I transfer these curves into calligraphic strokes, first with ink and a brush. Later I cut the "strokes" out of steel, bending them into shape with an oxy-acetylene torch. These small works are the maquettes for the much larger, final steel sculptures.
Corten steel is my material of choice. It rusts to a deep dark patina with subtle changes in the soft velvety surface. Stainless steel is more dramatic and I incorporate it when I want a finished surface with signature swirls that reflect light in many directions.
My public work includes WELLSPRING at the Heller School at Brandeis University near Boston, MA; SUNFIX at the Highgate Springs, VT, United States Port of Entry; HIMEGURI at the Mitsubishi Sports Garden in Sendai, Japan; SOLEKKO at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo, Norway and TELLING STONES at Mapua School, Nelson, New Zealand.
I have also worked with many private clients to create sculptures for their urban and country sites.
Frank Phillips, design engineer and fabricator, works with me to create the larger steel works. He manages the fabrication from his studio in Colorado, relying on the steel workshops of Denver to do the difficult rolling and welding of the large steel elements.