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Ode to Harrow 2013: steel, 3' tall by 8' wide by 2.5' deep Ode to Harrow is a sculpture honoring the Williston farmer, Herbert Goodrich, who farmed the land at Taft Corners, Williston, Vermont before it was developed. The sculpture is placed along Route 2A inside a stonewall circle with a glacial erratic boulder.
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.