I got back to Denver several days ago and started the final sanding (and sanding, & sanding – and sanding!) of the piece that I finished at Marble / marble this year.
I am going to be able to show it at the Loveland – Sculpture in the Park this year after all. Really good news.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any recent pictures of this piece yet – but, I do have a close up of a bronze copy of the clay model I used. I also have a few process photos from my carving site up at Marble. I’m calling it, Reclining Torso.
The first shot shows how I was able to split a larger block in two using a 9 inch diamond blade and some flat chisels (not to mention the bedding plane). The next couple of images give some idea as to how additional cuts were made and shaping begins.
This is sort of what I’m shooting for:
The marble I selected this year is amazing. There is a color range across the piece from grayish purple to green, white in the middle and then I ended up with a touch of gray bedding plane again on the front portion – in some very interesting places. At this point, I have completed sanding over 90% of it with 320 grit wet paper. I still have a few scratches to chase, etc. But, it is going to be a remarkable piece.
You will have to stop in at, Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, CO to get a look at the final product.