I have decided that waiting on my studio to get finished before I start to sculpt any more stone will just frustrate me, so I set up an easy up in the grass and I am getting to work over the summer. I don’t have access to most of my tools so I am basically using a 4in grinder, some hand tools, and sand paper. This is pretty limiting for me, so I am going to try and create some one of a kind yard sculptures that I can hopefully sell.
This piece is called “Pyramid in Oyster.” I know it’s not super creatively named, but I don’t want to come off all pedantic and name it something like “The Eternal Struggle Against Mortality.” Although, now that I see that in print…..
The stone originally started north of 120lbs and after removing nearly 40% in cutting out the pyramid, the sculpture is down to 82.6lbs. It is 18in tall and 16in wide. I would have liked to thin out the sides more, but I am afraid of breaking the stone and I am trying to limit how much I grind off the original stones as I am making a HUGE mess in my yard.
I like to combine soft curves with hard lines, so that was the general idea behind the work. I had originally thought of straight rays coming from the pyramid, but I think that design is already on money, plus it was just too many straight edges. The back side is mainly left raw, but I did grind some scalloped edges to make it look kind of like the back of an oyster.
I polished the face of the pyramid, and all but two of the curved recesses. I left them raw as when I hit the first big recess with the sand paper a really neat design popped out, so I made sure the other side had a similar pattern left from the grinder and it did, so I left it unfinished as well as the sides of the pyramid to create some contrast.
Without my air tools I am having to sand out the grinder marks by hand and it is time and labor intensive. I have to work from 50 grit, through 80, 120, 320, 600, 1200, and finish with 2000 grit sandpaper. “My fingers hurt.” heh.
Well. I hope you like it and I am selling this one for $250 if any is interested.