Monthly Archives: October 2009

Ass Detail

So, to best answer the question “what have you been working on?” I have a few photos. When I first got here I was working on the head of the elephant, and now I have been pushed back to ass detail. Hey, work is work. There is still a few things left, around the left foot and the wrinkles around that strange vagina-looking flap of skin (which does actually exist on real elephants). After 2 or so weeks I have nearly completed the hairs at the end of the tail, and the leaves going up behind the right leg.

There is always some finishing work to be done, and what is left to do you really can’t see well from the photos. One of the hardest parts about working with stone is figuring out, how the f*** are you going to get your hand in there, and what tool are you going to use to do it? There’s still a lot to do behind everything you see in the photo, but all in all I think I am getting the hang of things.


Here is a shot at the end of last week, and the next is from the end of this week.



Yeah, I probably should be working a bit faster than this, but there was a lot going on this past week. Not only did we have to move a bunch of stuff around, but we also had to put up the banker doors, and finish the eagle mold.


Here’s a photo of the new plaster cast. It came out really well.



Not only that, but we put the Soldier together for a dry-run installation.


It seems like in between everything else, I have been carving. Next week or the week after the soldier will have gone to his final resting place, and there will be more space to start the next elephant, and get the block cut for the eagle. Not to mention a memorial. The block for that should be in next week.


The Workshop

Jerry out front.


For the next 6 weeks I will be working at Barre Sculpture Studios, helping Jerry out in the shop. At the moment we have a couple projects going on. All together, it would seem that we are the elves of some kind of Republican public art workshop. Which is actually kinda cool. I posted the elephants already, which I am working on at the moment. The other major project is “G.I. Joe” who is triumphantly walking out of a scene of rubble. The figure is nearly complete. Only the portrait and the base is left.

This past week, the text dedicating the memorial was sandblasted into the side of the base.


A special tent was set up in the shop next door by Memorial Sandblast to accommodate the 6ft by 6ft Base.



Meanwhile in the next room Jerry is putting a white patina on the rifle that will be worn by the soldier.


and Gampo is working on the portrait.


Mold Making


This is the rubber phase of the mold I am working on now of and eagle, modelled by Jerry himself at Barre Sculpture Studios.


This is the first piece of the six piece (not including a key underneath the tail feathers) mother mold that will support the rubber when the original clay is taken out.




Love Conkers All

Letzte Woche habe ich eine ganze Menge Kastanien für meine Freundin gesammelt. Ich habe echt aberhundert Kastanien gefunden, und dann später alles auf ihre Bett geliegen… mit einem kleinen Zettel darauf. Die Englandern nennen die Kastanien einfach “Conkers”, vielleicht weil die fallen immer auf den Kopf, als man spazieren geht…




Irgendwie ist diese Idee mir eingefallen und meine Freundin mochte es sehr…