Dawn had her back surgery in May of 2009. We did not expect to have the surprise we did. Because of the failure of one of the screws holding in one of her titanium rods securing the fused area, her doctor ordered her into a back-brace for six weeks. I had initially planned to go back to work the Monday following her surgery, but instead I took six weeks off to help her in and out of bed while she recovered.
Once liberated from her brace, Dawn’s recovery had some ups and downs. Her lower back was great, but because of six weeks of forced bed-rest, her hips and knees gave her trouble. Dawn pushed herself to get back to 100 percent, but sometimes suffered from pushing too hard. She kept improving and finally in 2011 she became a certified Yoga instructor and is doing great.
We have been hauling that brace around for three years and I wanted to get rid of it. She felt an odd connection to it though and after some discussion, she allowed me to destroy it in order to make a sculpture for her. I personally felt that she went through the fire to get better and an Idea of a phoenix rising was my initial direction. I wanted to have the phoenix rising from a blossoming flower because I can see the beauty in her Yoga practice.
Dawn was exploring the idea of opening a Yoga studio and she had designed a logo for herself. Two weeks after I had done my first sketch, which she had not seen, she drew up a flame rising from a lotus flower. I find it amazing how we are always on the same page with our thinking. I showed her my design and told her I would shift it to her logo. The fire lotus idea was complete.
I used a dremel to cut the petals and flames from the front back and leg section of the back brace. I then used a two part epoxy to adhere the foam coated plastic pieces together.