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Combining traditional forged joinery, and mixing some human anatomy made for a great conversation starter. It was well received at an "underground" art show and people had come over becuase of it. I ended up refinishing the wax since I did not anticipate that this sculpture had been touched so much, the finish was wiped off! A pleasant surprise none the less. The piercing is copper and the rest of the material is steel. Starting with a 1 1/4″ piece of square stock for the body, I forged it to an eight sided octagon and slit and drifted a hole. The center arc was a piece of 3/4 x 2. I forged it under the power hammer on one side that caused it to curl.
It stands in at 5 feet tall
Weighs 54 lbs

Thanks!

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My hat is off to you, sir. IMHO, you have achieved the Holy Grail of art, getting people to get involved on a personal level. (And that first image was about as personal as it gets!)

Makers often tend to get too involved in the technical aspects of the work to see the emotional impact, so when it is revealed thru audience response, it often comes as a surprise.

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thank you so much for the kind comments! This was a whole new area that I have never designed for nor made something to invoke conversation. I am a little disappointed in myself as for the subject matter, in that, most of the artists at the show were doing political, religious, or some abstract "open to interpretation." If I had more time, probably would have done something along the lines of an animal or some sorts. But the reaction and conversations I received out of this not only pushed some boundaries of my own but some of the views as well. Thanks again

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When Michael Dillon's eyes get big like that you know you really made something! :o Rory I like most all of your work! You can swing a hammer! This is just a very good balance between inference/suggestion and mystery/imagination! Viewers can find what they are ready to see in it. There is quite a lot there to get them started thinking... but not so much that their imaginations are fenced in too much. That is my idea of good art and good sculpture. Your instincts were correct... if you had more time you would likely have done less well.

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