The summer has been a blur! I couldn’t believe Fall was already here until I looked at all the work I did since my June update. There are two large projects that will be installed in the next week that I don’t have final photos of, so the items below only represent a small portion of what I’ve done recently (besides keeping the studio as full as possible for the summer tourist crowds.)
Custom Residential Sculpture
I recently made and installed this stainless steel wave sculpture for a client in Alexandria. It looked fabulous in his recently renovated modern townhouse. In the re-design he wanted to include the feeling of the ocean that his family felt when they lived in Hawaii with this stainless steel wall sculpture. It’s been a hit with his family and friends. Here is a video of it in my studio: IMG_2925
One of the fun projects I knocked out early this summer was some steel sign work for a new restaurant, Red’s Table which opened recently. The logo below is five feet tall and finished with a simulated rusted surface. It’s nice to be a part of such a fantastic new place located right on the lake in Reston, Virginia.
The artwork I completed for a K-Street law firm in DC was damaged during maintenance work. To repair it, I had to disassemble the piece, touch up the painted portion, refinish the metal and reassemble it. The three-dimensional aluminum and wood sculpture really works well in their lobby. I was sorry for the circumstance, but it was nice to see it again, especially in such a nice location.
Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation
I recently visited the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation to see the location for a memorial sculpture to be placed in their breast cancer screening waiting room. I designed this waterfall stainless steel piece working with the widow of a prominent and well-loved oncologist who passed away. We worked to include all the things he loved in an effort to create something beautiful to distract those nervously waiting in the bland waiting room. I hope to move forward with this sculpture this fall.
Holy Cross Hospital
I’ve been working non-stop since I got the go-ahead last month on three 11-foot wide sculptures for Holy Cross Hospital in Silverspring, MD. The three wall-mounted sculptures will be made of stainless steel mounted on artistically painted 3′ x 5′ birch panels:
Each assembled sculpture is eleven feet wide, and range in height from 4 to 6 feet. They will be located in an 85-foot connector bridge between the original and new wings of the hospital. This is just a sneak-peek of a few elements, the final shots will be posted next month after the unveiling. Below are some raw steel pieces before finishing with color washes:
TorpedoBike Version II
The world’s fastest TorpedoBike zipped around Alexandria once again this past Saturday. Crowds stopped to gawk and shoot a picture as it made an all-day appearance at the 2015 King Street Art Festival, ridden throughout the day by two amazing volunteers. The TorpedoBike was sporting several new upgrades for 2015 including new door panels and a more robust bubble generator in the rear hatch. (Note the bubbles near the rear of the bike.)
Also last week, the new TorpedoBike T-shirts made it just in time for the event. These three color, hand-screened shirts were expertly created by the artists at ZINK shirts in Oswego, NY.
They are available in MetalShop33 at the Torpedo Factory for $25 or send me your shipping address (pay with PayPal) and a shirt can be shipped to you via Priority Mail for an additional $5. Makes a great gift for the cyclist in your family.
Inuit Carved Soapstone Owl Repair
A gallery in Annapolis, MD asked me to repair a large 18″ wide carved soapstone owl that was created by an Inuit artist. A wing had broken in half during it’s journey to MD and the large break chipped badly along the fracture. It was a challenge but everyone agreed it was invisible once repaired. It was a pleasure to give the owl two wings again and to work on such a beautiful sculpture with such a great personality.
From the Studio…
Lastly, I wanted to share something from the studio for those who don’t make it to Old Town as often as they’d like to. By far, the most popular sculpture in the studio lately is the piece I call “Raindrops” which is 44″ wide and made of 1/8″ thick stainless steel. I originally created the shape of this piece for a set of sculptures for Walter Reed’s new Wounded Warrior building last fall. It occurred to me that it would be fantastic with a ground circular finish that looked like raindrops hitting the water…and it does! Normally $750, for a limited time it is sale priced at $650. For an additional $25 packing/shipping will be included. It’s very difficult to photograph so there is also a video below: