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Monday, April 23, 2012

Sculpture and Presentation

"It ain't over till it's over!" 

In the garden, siting sculpture, that means it isn't finished until it's just right.

Sometimes that resolution takes a long time.
Here's the Chinese lohan sculpture installed.
The base needs to be repainted a quieter green, the concrete top stained darker, the Italian cypress will fill in behind....... but the head doesn't stand out enough.

 It should work, but it doesn't. What to do?....................
Ignore it for a while....


Meanwhile this enormous saw blade has been lying about being too cool for the scrap heap but functionless............................ Cleaning the up garden, inspiration struck.
What better backdrop for a Northwestern holy one than to have a halo that can physically cut through illusion and ego?

Thematically, it's a perfect solution. It evokes the flaming halos in Asian art.  Both Eastern and Western art traditions have depicted their enlightened beings surrounded by halos.
Shiva Dancing, India, Guimet Museum

Standing Buddha with a halo, 1st-2nd century AD (or earlier),Gandhara
Saw blade and base are at the welders right now. The right solution is worth waiting for....

1 comment:

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