Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dcember 30, 2010: 10F-1

Free-piling is easy in the summer and fall. The beach is stable, with little trash mixed in the sand. Getting on into winter, though, it's less predictable. One day might be clean, the next coarse and rock-strewn. That's when using a form really makes sense, even with the added equipment required.

I got to thinking about doing a formed sculpture. The problem was transportation; the Rolleez wheels on my sand cart no longer held air due to sand in their basketball-style reed valves. I went to the Web site and found that I wasn't the only one experiencing this problem: the Rolleez company had been bought by another outfit, and the wheels were entirely different within the same basic balloon-tire design.

The tires were now made from urethane, which is tougher and more rubber-like than the old vinyl. The bearing races were made from a harder type of nylon. Most important, the reed valve had been replaced by the automotive-type Schrader valve, with caps. I promptly ordered a pair.

When they arrived I found that, while the basic size was very similar, there were variations. To make them work with my cart--I was unable to remove the axle so had to keep it--I had to finesse the spacers and retainers. With careful attention to cutting and drilling the wheel change wasn't much of a problem.

Then it needed to be tested. I loaded the cart with the usual buckets, shovel and other equipment and started walking. I wasn't even planning on making a sculpture, but wanted to test the cart's operation.

The day was cold, dry and windy. I could stay warm only by moving. It didn't get any better.

Larry Dudock wanted to see the new wheels, so he came down to the Breakwater. As usual he had enough cameras to equip a camera club. I had none.

I went to work making a pile of sand, as usual. The cart worked beautifully, better than it ever had. The Wheeleez wheels are better in every way than the vinyl Rolleez ones. In not too long a time I had a pile of sand and had proven the cart. I was ready to leave, being perpetually on the verge of shivering.

But... I already had this pile of sand. It seemed a shame to just walk off and leave it. So, I went to work and made the famous 30-minute sculpture. I had to move fast just to stay in the ballpark of warm.

Larry shot video and lots of photos. He made this image assembly and sent it to me.


For those interested in the cart and wheels, here's what it looks like. The only thing I miss about the Rolleez wheels is that they were bright orange. The new ones are boring grey, but I'll gladly give up color to get quality. In this case.



Here's a detail shot of the wheel retainer.  The retaining pin is a sailboat part. Push the button and pull it out. Slick. The collar is plain one-inch PVC pipe.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

October 24, 2010 through December 28, 2010

Mirjam returned to the Netherlands, and I returned to my camera-less ways for 15 more sculptures.

November 2, 10P-16. Note says "single tall arch."

November 4, 10P-17: no notes

November 6, 10P-18: no notes

November 16, 10P-19: no notes

November 17, 10P-20: no notes

November 19, 10P-21: no notes

November 22, 10P-22: no notes

November 24, 10P-23: no notes

November 30, 10P-24: no notes

December 1, 10P-25: no notes

December 3, 10P-26: no notes

December 6, 10P-27: no notes

December 8, 10P-28: no notes

December 16, 10P-29: no notes

December 28, 10P-30: no notes

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October 24, 2010: 10P-15 by Mirjam

Email contact established, Mirjam and I made plans to meet more formally. We met on the beach and she took pictures while we talked. She sent me the images, and I edited them and sent them to friends.

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10P-14, October 24

One day I got an Email from Mirjam, my friend from Amsterdam. I'd met her on the beach some years back; she comes to Venice fairly often to visit friends. Included with the Email was an image of the sculpture I'd just done, called "Larry Was Here." My calling cards are unique but temporary, and she happened by at the right time.

We made arrangements to meet on the beach. A reunion of sorts; we hadn't see each other for a few years. It was an atypically gloomy day. Most of the time autumn in southern California is warm and clear.

Mirjam always has her camera. I didn't bring mine, as was usual practice at the time. She came over a few days later with the memory card and I could Sneakernet the images onto my computer. Thanks, Mirjam!

Photography by Mirjam Boelaars.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

October 22, 2010: 10P-14

I did my typical lightweight edition sculpture, and left. Later in the day I received an Email from my friend Mirjam, whom I'd met on the beach some years before. She comes to Venice to visit friends, and likes to walk the beach. She just happened to see the sculpture, and knew immediately who had made it.

10P-14



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

10P-10 through 10P-13

Retirement is interesting. The first month was a breeze. Then all the issues I had kept under an iron lid, in order to be able to get to work each day and keep my job, started to exercise themselves and the ride got progressively rougher. I stopped sculpting for a while.

I returned to the beach on September 22, without the camera. The Canon EOS-1D Mark II is a great camera but is big and heavy. Add the 24-70 zoom and it's a serious addition to the load. It was hard enough getting myself moving, and shedding the camera made it a little easier.

There has always been tension between sculpture and record-keeping. I decided to concentrate on sculpture. A few friends remonstrated with me and eventually got me to bring the camera with me, but not until early 2011.

10P-10, September 22: no report, no record other than the date

10P-11, September 24: no report, only date recorded.

10P-12, October 19: no report, brief note says this was an "attempted arch."

10P-13, October 20: no report, brief note saying it was an arch made without tools.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

January 4, 2010: 10P-4

This day was the first official day of my retirement, after 25 years of working for the City of Los Angeles. Intending to stay for two year and pay some bills, it ended up, though a concatenation of accidents, opportunity, ability and lucky breaks, as a career.

This was a Monday. Normally I'd have gotten up at 0430, eaten breakfast, caught a bus downtown and done my job. As it was, I did a sculpture.

"Because I Can"







Sunday, January 3, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 2, 2010: 10P-2

This was a simple arch done as a demonstration for... someone. I have no other information, and no photos.

Friday, January 1, 2010