Titanic / The Maiden Collection / Colorado Yule Marble
19.5 x 9.5 x 9.5″ / SN120704 / 18.8 lbs / $1,900
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Yes, I did love the movie – all of the Titanic movies, come to think about it – even the weird wartime German one, but I have loved ships all my life. In England it’s impossible to be more than 50 miles or so from the sea, and throughout the years I have spent in my home country I’ve taken every opportunity to devote as much time exploring the coastline as was practically feasible. This may explain why so many ship shapes found their way into The Maiden Collection; “boats are in me blood”. The block for Titanic was split from the band of pure white marble that ran the length of the Maiden Collection ten ton slab. What I hadn’t anticipated was the giant scar that would appear along the waterline that came courtesy of the same vein that put a bruise on Coracle’s nose. I do realize it’s on the wrong side by the way, but have you ever seen a better looking ghost ship in your life? As number 24 of the 41 sculptures I had the benefit of 23 separate forays into the properties of this particular slab of marble before I ever laid a tool upon Titanic’s rough block, and so I decided to set the bar as high as possible and carve a bowl so thin as to be practically translucent. I don’t know if anyone else is cutting marble this thinly, and with such complex hyperbolic curving, but if they are I have yet to see the results! The fact is that without the incredible technological gains in diamond blade and abrasive pad technology that has developed over the past 10 years or so there is no way I could have carved Titanic. Those walls are so thin that the blades and pads of even a decade ago would have torn the marble to pieces. So if anyone has produced a bowl like Titanic they must have done so very recently! Just what the ancient Greeks would have thought of the equipment I have at my disposal I can only guess, but you can rest assured that if the ancient stone carvers had have had the chance they would have grabbed my angle grinder with both hands. Professional stone carvers have always embraced the latest technology available to them, and what I wouldn’t give to see the reaction of my ancient predecessors on seeing my Titanic for the first time. I could well imagine the impassioned debate, as they mulled over the question of just how he was made – as we carvers are naturally prone to do. So, wherever you place Titanic, as long as he is served with plenty of direct light, he is certain to receive a lot of attention; place him in a sunny window and he will positively radiate, place him in a shady corner, add a little soft candle light, and the bowl will exude a soft flickering glow.
Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney
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