Friday, August 25, 2006

Art in Place - Totem Pole

I am sculpting a Totem Pole this year for the Charlottesville Art in Place exhibition. I started with a sketch. I found some great hardwoods to use for these stacked heads. White Oak, Cherry, and possibly Black Walnut at the top.
I am looking at several sources for inspiration including the giant Olmec heads of ancient mexico. I also love some of the vinyl toys like those of artists Tim Biskup and Nathan Jurevicius
I constructed a simple tripod system using a hoist to raise and lower the heads into position. Each head must have a level top and bottom plane for the pole to succesfully stand plum.

more to come...

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