Surfing Buda sculpture, handmade from sustainable materials and created in the contemporary art unique gift
Crisp, geometric lines define the sculpture, "Surfing Buda", but beyond its child like simplicity stands the mathematical challenge of balancing objects of substantially different size and mass. Surfing Buda is one of twelve pieces in a series I created for my show, with the theme of "Balance" figurative and literal. Created in the Contemporary motif, it represents the finite balance between man made and natural materials, as well as physically balance. With the exception of the finish, each component was sustainably source from materials that would have been discarded or burned and passionately formed into my symbolic vision of our coexistence with nature. The story behind the Materials used: Oak Fulcrum: Scrap from a local cabinet shop, intended to be burnt, this oak was salvaged, carefully weighed and measured (required for accuracy in its ability to balance differing objects), then cut, sanded and clear coated. Porcelain Base: Reclaimed porcelain slag, from a local ceramicist, was collected reconstituted porcelain was used to create the hollow base. After forming and firing it, the base was spray finished in a semi gloss so accentuate, but not distract from the central elements. (San Luis Obispo, 2021). Chrome Obelisk: The matte, chrome obelisk was created from an ash tree branch collected from an arborist in 2010. The ash tree originally stood over 100 feet tall, in a residential area of El Paso de Robles, CA. A small portions of the branch was cut, sanded to 2000 grit, sealed and then painted and polished. Alder Triangle: Construction remodel scrap, salvaged from a home owner remodel in 2017, the triangle was composed from an alder wood door jamb, I stripped of the existing finish (circa 1985), sanded, cut, glued and again sanded the finished triangle before staining and adding a clear finish coat. Chrome Ring: Similar to the "Alder Triangle" the chrome ring was also construction of remodel scrap, salvaged from a home owner remodel in 2017. The scrap alder was stripped of its original finish and then cut into 1/32" veneer strips. The veneers were then glued together into the ring form, sanded and painted with a semi gloss chrome. Oak suspension dowels: Scrap from a local cabinet shop, intended to be burnt, it was cut into long, thin rectangles, then turned into dowels using a table saw jig, sanded and clear coated. As with most art and products that use environmentally friendly, natural and salvaged materials, what could be viewed as imperfections, may exist. While I could have covered these, I invite you to view these, as I do, as part of the history and natural ageing beauty of the objects..