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'Girl in the Moon' Sculpted Marble Mask by MARTIN COONEY

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Girl in the Moon / SN141201 / 11.5 x 5 x 22″ / 38.8 lbs lbs

Salt of the Earth / SN141202 / 9.5 x 4 x 23.5″ / 33.8 lbs

$9,600 for the pair
'Salt of the Earth' Sculpted Marble Mask by MARTIN COONEY

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'Girl in the Moon' Colorado Yule Sculpture by MARTIN COONEY

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Girl in the moon was carved from a rectangular block that I split along the diagonal into two fairly even pieces. Right up to the moment I rent them apart however I did not let myself dare to think that they would split so evenly, and uniformly,  for anything other than a seamless separation would render my ambitious plans to carve a pair of marble mask twins quite obsolete.   Thankfully the two halves came apart with stunning precision, and so the first hurdle was already behind me when my mind turned to the quality and clarity of the marble, for there must be no distracting intrusions, cracks or inferior stone if the project was to reach the carving stage.   At the very first glance I knew this to be a lovely piece of stone, well up to the task of sculpting two wafer thin marble masks, and once I began to rough out the basic shape  of Girl in the Moon (“Moongirl”) my suspicions were confirmed, and as I confidently perused my audacious plan my confidence continued to grow.   Carving marble to these exacting proportions,   and to this degree of thinness, is not for the faint hearted.  Disaster may strike at any moment.  Marble does not give the slightest warning before it breaks and falls apart.    And so I was very aware of the dangers inherent in attempting to carve not one, but two marble masks from the very same piece of stone.  I had at this point carved Mystique Mask and Industrial Evolution, and so I had a fairly clear idea of the challenges that lay ahead,   but this time around I wanted to create two distinctively different masks,  yet have them relate to one another in a physical sense.   That’s when I came up with the idea of a brother and sister… a protective brother and a lively, bubbly sister, as it turns out.   Apologies for the photographs by the way.  Given that each sculpture captures and reflects light through their eyes I find it practically impossible to portray the way they glow.  Perhaps one day someone much more adept with a camera may well be able to capture the effect, but for now these will have to do.   Inspired by the African mask faces of Pablo Picasso I offer these two siblings as quite possibly the very first pair of marble masks to be carved in such a manner.

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Girl in the Moon, Salt of the Earth (The Twins )

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'Girl in the Moon' and 'Salt of the Earth, Hand Carved Marble Masks

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Splitting Girl in the Moon & Salt of the Earth, Hand Carved Marble Masks, by MARTIN COONEY, rough blocks.

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Splitting Girl in the Moon & Salt of the Earth, Hand Carved Marble Masks, by MARTIN COONEY, rough blocks.

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'Girl in the Moon' Sculpted Marble Mask by MARTIN COONEY

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'Girl in the Moon' Sculpted Marble Mask by MARTIN COONEY

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