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Industrial Evolution / 1314 Winter Collection / Colorado Yule Marble

14.5 x 5 x 23” / 68 lbs / SN140202 / $3,750

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'Industrial Evolution', 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado YUle Marble Sculpture by MARTIN COONEY

A self-portrait had been on my mind for some time prior to carving ‘Industrial Evolution’ but it took a chance encounter with a mirror to cement the idea in the form of a ‘mask’.   Anyone who knows me knows, or should know by now, NOT to ask me if I wear a mask! I seriously doubt I would be here today writing this if I did not steadfastly embrace the technology specifically designed to protect me from the environment in which I sculpt marble.   The conditions in which I work absolutely necessitate my wearing not only a mask, but goggles, ear defenders, hat, gloves… steel-toed boots, and tough, tough work clothes.     It is during this roughing out stage that I ‘lock’ myself into my protective gear for practically the full duration.   My chosen arsenal of tools includes angle grinders, spinner pads, steel mallets, cold chisels, and pretty much anything that gets the work done, and done fast. During this time dust, stone chips, fragments and cubes of solid marble are apt to fly about the workshop in all directions.   Gradually, as the dust settles and the rough form begins to take shape I am able to shed aspects of my protective shell as I exchange grinders and spinners for hand chisels and rasps.  I feel a pinch of excitement each and every time I don the gear, for with it comes my passport into another world.    Without this armor plated kit I would soon succumb to suffocation; my lungs would fill with fine dust, my eyes would be scarred by a million scratches, my hearing would suffer, and I would be at the mercy of every fragment of marble to fly off the banker.

My idea was to create a self-portrait centered around the hours I spend peering out from my layers of protection. The moment of conception arrived, as these things usually do, without warning one morning as I happened to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. And there I was, staring out from my ‘full metal jacket kit’; peering into my own eye and somewhat shocked at what I had become, what I had morphed into, in order to create my distinctive Curvilinear marble sculpture.   The odd thing is though… that while all this must look tortuously uncomfortable, not to say excessive, I am actually very comfortable under my cloak of protection.  My mask removes 99%+ of particulate matter from the air I breathe. Beneath the massive ear protectors state-of-the-art ear-buds direct beautiful music into my ears, and the no-fog goggles mean my eyes are protected within their impersonal perspex slits.

From a practical perspective Industrial Evolution serves to emit a wonderfully soft night light emanating from any light source placed immediately behind the sculpture. This light softly glows through the marble, but shines brightly through the wafer thin eyes and the two tunnels leading to his nose. He is also secured via two holes drilled into the underside of his base.


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Industrial Evolution / 1314 Winter Collection / Colorado Yule Marble


Please Note: Industrial Evolution is secured by two holes drilled into the underside of his base.


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