Chicane, The Maiden Collection: Colorado Yule Marble by Martin Cooney:
16.5 x 9 x 7.5″ / 32 lbs / SN120901 / $1,650
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With this being the last true Maiden Collection bowl I wanted to exhibit a little of the technique that I had developed over the course of carving the series. Part Noah’s Ark, Part Four Corners. A little bit Magellan, she turned out to posses a beauty and style all of her own that I thought quite resembled the deliberate double curve of a Formula One racetrack ‘chicane’.
Noah’s Ark, Four Corners, Magellan
Chicane arrived late into The Maiden Collection’s carving stage, with a mere three sculptures separating it from Work in Progress, the final piece to be carved. By this stage in the process I had earned a clear and reliable understanding of the slab’s intrinsic properties, gained from carving so many sculptures from the same slab of marble, each piece serving to build upon the information gained from carving the blocks that preceded it. By this point I had already completed 36 sculptures, so I was able to put this useful knowledge to good effect. I knew from the very outset that this peculiar, odd-shaped, rough block was destined to join the rapidly growing ranks of the newly emerging Hand Carved Marble Bowl Club.
The formidable looking block however took some convincing, as evidenced by the plentiful granite intrusions, i.e., the grayish markings. But even as though those keen angled curves lean way out over this way and that, she is in fact extremely well balanced, with a low center of gravity. At 32 lbs she holds more than enough counterbalance to keep from tipping, making her a perfect bowl to migrate between the great outdoors, and in.
Chicane, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble
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