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Maypole, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

Maypole / 1314 Winter Collection / Colorado Yule Marble

14 x 8 x 57.5″ / SN131203 / One Man Lift / Sold

'Maypole;, 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble by MARTIN COONEY

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When the time came to carve the block that would become ‘Maypole’,   the 4th sculpture of the 1314 Winter Collection,   I  had enjoyed the pleasure of ample time during which to familiarize myself with its form and innate characteristics.    I had split this piece from a larger block of Colorado Yule Marble, and while the one side broke into several pieces,   the remainder sheared off in such a manner that I instantly knew the lovely long sliver of stone would serve very nicely as the first of the  ‘Ribbons of Light’;   curvilinear reductionist standing stones,   or stelae,    carved in a manner so as to allow light to travel through the walls, and in so doing serves to illuminate the sculpture from within.   It’s odd just how often a major decision regarding key and signature features of a sculpture manifest themselves in the final moments prior to the actual carving – and such was the case with ‘Maypole’s’ 180 degree twist.    It was only once I had the block in the workshop, and on my banker,  that my mind turned to marking out a spiral twist.    Gradually the ‘pole’ took shape.   The name ‘Maypole’ struck me as apt as the ancient spring fertility symbol was generally danced around in a twisting winding fashion,   and the implied movement in the pole’s twist seemed to suggest just such merry movement,   as the happy dancers spun round and around the annual May pole.

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Maypole with Rainbow, Sculpture Garden, Woody Creek, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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First Pictures of Maypole atop New Plinth, 15 September 2017 Aspen Colorado

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First Pictures of Maypole atop New Plinth, 15 September 2017 Aspen Colorado

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Maypole, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Maypole, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Maypole, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Maypole, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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'Maypole', Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Maypole, rough block, 1314 Winter Collection by MARTIN COONEY

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'Maypole', Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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Maypole, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

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