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'Ice Boat', Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

Ice Boat / Autumn of 14 Collection / Colorado Yule Marble / Sculpture 1

140701 / 19 x 4.5 x 6.5 / 13 lbs

Currently Unavailable for Purchase

'Ice Boat', Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

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On July 2nd, 2014, I returned  to my home in Woody Creek from my three month Tuscan adventure refreshed, revived, re-invigorated and intent on plunging straight into my studio workshop to begin immediate work on my third collection of Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture.    However with over three months of catching up to do,   combined with the myriad preparations for the Sculpture Garden’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations…   and it was towards the end of the month before I managed to re-occupy my studio-workshop and actually get down to the nitty-gritty business of sculpting marble.   And so after such a lengthy absence it’s perhaps not too surprising that,   in order to ease back into the swing of things,  I opted to initiate the ‘Autumn of 14 Collection‘ with a project of modest ambition while I reacquainted myself with my tools,   and re-embraced the life of a 21st Century Reductionist Marble Sculptor.     The result of my efforts is this piece of whimsy.    My immediate impulse was to place a candle votive in the hollowed-out ‘deck’ of the boat,   with perhaps water to catch the ripples of light during daytime hours.   But in fact,   the more I looked at it,   examined the possibilities,   weighed up the options – there instilled in me a growing and compelling conviction that this particular piece was destined for something else,   another fate entirely,   and I began looking around for potential objects with which to pair with Ice Boat.
To be honest I think I knew instinctively that my mother’s lovely etched glass polar bear was going to ‘fit the slot’ even before I sprang from my chair on the realization that the size, shape, footprint and aesthetic appeal of the majestic bear seemed to fit the bill perfectly.      I had long admired this little gem of a glass carving while visiting my mother’s sunny south-west-facing third floor apartment in Preston, England.    It always retained pride of place on the windowsill and many an epic scarlet sunset did it glint and reflect as we chatted over tea and biscuits.    And I can safely say that in all the years since her passing he has embellished more than a few epic skies from his vantage point looking out over Aspen Mountain and the upper reaches of the Roaring Fork River Valley.     But while I was pleased that my intuitive assumptions had proved correct and the glass carving slotted into it’s groove like a hand in a glove, nothing prepared me for the interplay of light that was about to take place within the glass carving itself as the source changed, morphed and evolved throughout the day.   The long vertical ‘gash’ allows for a subdued light to infuse an illuminated glow, with the cleverly angled ‘walls’  of the polar bear’s cave refracting the strong rays of the sun ‘around the corner’, as it were, and down onto the sleepy-looking bear itself.     I’m so happy to have inadvertently carved a home for our family’s cherished cut glass polar bear.

Ice Boat, with Cut Glass Polar Bear, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney

   However as an opening feature of my latest collection it falls short of the mark somewhat as I find I am now loathed to part with it… for quite obvious reasons,   and therefore this,  my third Colorado Yule Marble Collection, will duly commence with a sculpture that is unfortunately not for sale.    I’m sure my mum would get a chuckle out of this but: if ever there was a match made in heaven…

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'Ice Boat' by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

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'Ice Boat' by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

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'Ice Boat', Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

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'Ice Boat' by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

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'Ice Boat', Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin Cooney, Woody Creek, CO

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