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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

Constellation / The Maiden Collection / Colorado Yule Marble

17 x 11.75 x 5.5” / SN120201 / 17.5 lbs / $1,440

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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I hope these photographs adequately serve to reveal Constellation as one of The Maiden Collection’s more moody and mysterious bowls, reacting to the slightest variation in light with a drama few of my hand carved marble bowls can surpass.  And held within the sweeping elliptical curves of the dramatic horizon dwells one of the more curious markings, or ‘tattoos’, in the form of a small salamander-like creature complete with bulging eyes,  a bony high ridged skull,  long curving snake-like body,   and the regimented ‘alligator’ patterning familiar to many reptiles. Constellation also boasts the ‘lightening strikes’ created when I split The Maiden Collection slab with the use of plug and feathers,  and as such I am extremely fond of them,  for they remain my only visible contribution to the collection’s markings,  and serve as a timely reminder of the crucial role splitting,  as opposed to cutting,  10 ton slab played in the creating The Maiden Collection.  At various points in this 30-plus million-year-old Colorado Yule marble’s life events have transpired to create the bowl you see today.   Just how far back each of these markings originates is difficult to say – even that of the salamander –  however I can unequivocally say that those lightning strikes are my very own handy work, and they arrived on the scene during the month of September, 2011, when I drove my mallet down on an iron wedge inserted into two iron feathers, the force of which, when in combination with the others, split the marble apart in one fell swoop.  Perhaps one more blow on the particular plug that at one time would have been positioned directly in the center of the bowl and I’m fairly certain there would be no Constellation,  the shock waves that manifest themselves as ‘lightening’ would have blown the walls of the bowl to pieces.  What you are essentially seeing in Constellation is the shape of a shock wave from a single plug and feather as it rips through, and is subdued by, the very stone it is attempting to split. Constellation’s sculpted cutaway (a striking feature shared only by Eve) lies precisely where the force of this blast met the grain of the marble, causing it to fracture.   Finally, with regards to practical considerations;  as with all Maiden Collection bowls Constellation boasts a very low center of gravity, so even when loaded up with deliciously ripe fruit,  due to the marble counterbalance I incorporated into the base,  it will not tip.

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Salamander detail, Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Constellation, The Maiden Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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