Elements Installation

Elements Installation

Elements was installed at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall on September 17, 2016.  The opening reception took place on September 21st.  It was well attended, the artwork looked great, the motion activated sound worked very well.  The rock represents the earth and the steel and glass shapes represent:  water, wind (air) and fire.

In addition to the sculpture, I included some items and information regarding the tessellation aspect of this art piece.  Several years ago I designed an organic shape to be used in a series of paintings.  I brought to this installation, the shape, an unfinished painting that made the relationship of the shape clear and a completed painting.  I discussed the counterclockwise rotation of the shape which made a pattern and also displayed a painting of the completed tessellation artwork.  I then showed that the large shapes in this installation are the exact same tessellation shape.  Each is rotated and appears to be different.

This sculpture was inspired by my interaction with the Santa Clarita Wldland Frefighters as well as the drought, El Niño, high winds, fires and all of the other "elements" experienced in our area.  Firefighters work in all of the elements as a part of their profession.  The elements are all interrelated just as the firefighters are with the elements.  I believe it is a fitting tribute to our heroic firefighters.

The exhibition runs through November 21st

 

 

Nexus

Nexus

Nexus was designed by me and fabricated by my class at College of the Canyons.  It was finished on June 16th and is currently waiting for permanent installation on the college campus.

The college chancellor, Dr. Dianne VanHook,  inspired me to design this artwork. Our conversations centered around the concept that all successful people have some connections or a network that helps them to be successful.

This sculpture represents, abstractly, this connection and the rise to success.

and so it begins… installation of L'Dor V'Dor

and so it begins… installation of L'Dor V'Dor

Beginning the installation of L'Dor V'Dor.

bolting it into place...

bolting it into place...

The installer, Genius Signs and Lighting, has it up and is setting it into place.

uncovering the words...

uncovering the words...

The words "From Generation to Generation" are written in six different languages.   They are english, hebrew, chinese, farsi, spanish and the the Nigerian dialect of Igbo.  Etched negative space on mirrored stainless steel.  The words catch the light.  It's very beautiful.

L'Dor V'Dor Installed

L'Dor V'Dor Installed

This beautiful and meaningful sculpture is now in its permanent home.

Crossroads At Iron Horse Trailhead

Crossroads At Iron Horse Trailhead

Crossroads At Iron Horse Trailhead

Steel

15' x 9' x 9'

Public Art Installation Santa Clarita, CA

Crossroads at Iron Horse Trailhead depicts seven aspects of Santa Clarita History.  It is located ajacent to the historic train trestle on Magic Mountain Parkway. This was commissioned by Newhall Land and subsequently donated to the City of Santa Clarita.  It is 15' tall and weighs 1200 lbs.  The arms:

Oak of the Golden Dream - gold was discovered

Mentryville - Oil was discovered

Melody Ranch - The western movie industry

Tatavium -  Local band of Native Americans

Newhall Ranch - The start of the farming industry

Golden Spike - The joining of the northern and southern railroads in California

Lyons Station - Stagecoach junction

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For The Love Of Books

For The Love Of Books

For The Love Of Books - Cover

Temporary Public Art created for the opening of the Newhall Library and the Arts & Literacy Festival.  This was taken at the opening of the library.

Site Specific

10' x 10' x 10'

This very large book appears like a hard cover book on the outside.  Inside, on the left, are notes left by the community on "sticky notes" about books, reading and libraries.  On the right side are quotes from a variety of famous people about the importance of reading or libraries and the effect it had on their lives.  Hanging from the center is a mobile, The Cloud, with photos representing the future of reading.  In front of the book is the Reading Chair.  This chair is made from book covers and was meant to have people sit and read for a bit.  Books were made available for the public to read while sitting in the chair.

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For The Love Of Books - Detail

For The Love Of Books - Detail

For The Love Of Books - inside and reading chair

Temporary Public Art

Site Specific

10' x 10' x 10'

Right side: the book has "sticky note" comments about libraries, books and reading from the public.  Left Side:  quotes from famous people about libraries, books and reading. Note The Cloud mobile in the center with pictures of the "future" of reading.

The "Reading Chair" is made from hardback book covers.

The Mobile in the top center is the "Cloud" and contains the future of reading, including a variety of electronic devices.

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For The Love Of Books - Detail

For The Love Of Books - Detail

For The Love Of Books - a mother reading to her children while sitting on chair

Temporary Public Art

10' x 10' x 10'

Site Specific -  the public was invited to sit in the Reading Chair and read some of the books I had placed around it.

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For The Love Of Books

For The Love Of Books

Arts and Literacy festival at the Newhall Library.  Mary Poppins also took a few minutes to sit in the "reading chair".

For The Love of Books

For The Love of Books

Arts and Literacy festival at the Newhall Library.  The Cat In The Hat took a few minutes to sit in the "reading chair".

The Clothesline

The Clothesline

The Clothesline

steel, bubble wrap, cement, plastic grass

4’ x 4’x 3’  

$2,500.00

A study of the contrast between the permanence of the past, (the steel clothesline), and the transient  impermanence of the present, (plastic clothes and grass).  It also makes a bit of a statement regarding "bubble wrapping" our children in an effort to protect them.

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