Thursday, November 28, 2013

13P-5 (November 28)

The predicted rain was still holding off. Despite the aches brought on by the previous day's sculpture, I packed what I needed and walked to the Breakwater for a Thanksgiving day sculpture. Bright sun, dry breeze from inland that had me worried for a time. Good sand was available.

I deliberately made this one smaller. I'd lost track of the overall shape of 13P-4, partly due to its rare size. I was post-sculptural already so needed something simpler.

The design challenge has always been to balance the space with the hard parts. This one felt good, just stroking the curves into shape. It was very inviting to the touch. I could have put more holes in it but didn't want to fall into the trap of default shapes and default defining spaces. This will take some time to work out, I think.

There have been transitions before. I started in 1982 with a simple catenary arch, and the arch pretty much defined the sculptures until mid-1996. I did a piece I called 'Dance," which was kind of the apotheosis of the arch. From that one onward I was exploring other shapes. Oh, the arch was still there, its structural characteristics essential, but it was quite a bit more complex now. Design questions have continued to arise. It's a good thing my projects end at sunset, if not before, because otherwise the design issues would paralyze me.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

13P-4 (November 27)

This is the day the tide window opened, with tide going down in mid-morning enough to expose good sand. Assuming it was still there, I packed food, water, camera and a tool subset and started walking. The day was warming. Supposedly there is rain due tomorrow, but if so it'll take some work.

Good sand was still available, and relaxed surf meant I could start piling immediately. It ended up being big, for a free-piled sculpture. Bigger than I had the stamina to stay with, really; many details got away from me and the whole design was confused.

I wanted to have some bulbous horizontal elements, with some sort of contrast on the other side. The problem was making things visible. Horizontal elements are hard to carve between, and even harder to see through.

Still a good day to be on the beach. Warm sun, no wind. A flight of pelicans had to work at going south, with no wave-displaced air to ride.

I converted most of the images to greyscale because the lighting was harsh. There might be better ways to convert than I used, which was just the basic mode change in GIMP.

Sunday, November 24, 2013


For years, friends have chided me (reasonably kindly) for my habit of not photographing sculptures. This has more to do with the camera I bought in 2004 than any real opposition to the idea. The camera is big, heavy, and hard to carry.

Finally, last Friday, thinking about buying something more portable bore fruit. A test walk with the camera on Saturday produced a few images. On Sunday I added some sculpture tools to the pack and walked to the Breakwater through the clear afternoon air. Click on an image to see the full-sized version.