I thoroughly enjoyed this process and wish I would have started it sooner because I didn’t know I would have such a terrible time with my back. I also would have perhaps turned the discs around so that the welds didn’t show quite as strongly as they did. Despite the unexpected changes, I learned a great deal and had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed making the sculpture and it kept me in a state of flow which helped me to not worry as much about my life which I truly loved. This whole sculpture process has got me thinking in a new way and I even can’t sleep at night sometimes because I have ideas coming to me again like I used to have before I had sculpture experience.
i then began to cut pipe at various lengths, grinding them smooth for welding on one side. I also cut 30 disks out of sheet metal which I then cut holes into for welding and for the central pipe to be inserted. I welded cut pipe to the disks and inserted and welded the central metal pipe. Due to health issues and time constraints resulting from that, I kept working but I ended up improvising and creating a didfeeent looking sculpture entirely. I added pipe between the disks to make the sculpture “grow” to look even more tipsy turvy and whimsical. I then painted it green and gold to convey a sense of groundedness and otherworldly
I wanted to revisit my first idea for a metal interpretation of a natural disaster like a tornado or a waterspout. I turned to the internet for inspiration and found a sculpture called , “The Singing Tree Panopticon” by Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin. I wanted to explore how to create a form similar to this. I started with a maquette made of straws and cardboard disks
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