This past Friday, the 15th day of September, 2017, Maypole duly ascended to his newly installed plinth, and practically purred at the sumptuous nature of his expansive new surroundings, nestled into a hilltop high above Aspen and the upper Roaring Fork Valley.
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Maypole served as my very first Standing Stone – or “River of Light” as I deemed them to be back then, and continues to set the benchmark for my Outdoor Curvilinear Marble Sculpture to this day.
As with each of my 67 Collection Series Marble Sculptures, Maypole is composed of 30 million year-old Colorado Yule Marble. He measures 57.5″ by 14″ by 8″, bears the serial number SN131203, may be picked up and moved by anyone who can match my own strength and agility, and is now officially sold. To learn more please click here to visit the Maypole Home Page.
The installation process gave me much food for thought regarding the circumstances in which this breakthrough piece had presented itself as a rough block ready for carving, one cold snowy wintry Woody Creek morning. And just how supremely influential Maypole would become in defining my newly evolving Direct Method Curvilinear Reductionist tendencies.
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Carving Maypole proved a delicate procedure. Just one misplayed action – a whack too hard, or a cut too deep – and the game would be over.
From atop the workshop banker to top of The Colorado Rocky Mountain Sculpture Garden, the journey measures some thirty feet, or so. But what an astonishing transformation was to take place once I positioned Maypole outside, and under the mesmeric canopy of Woody Creek’s glorious blue canopy of a sky.
During his three years adorning the sculpture garden Maypole traversed far and wide, in all four seasons, and in all sorts of weather.
For the past three years Maypole has withstood all that the Colorado Rocky Mountains have to hurl his way. The bitter cold, minus 15 f, nights, ferocious gales and deep snow of winter combine with the searing heat of our summer sun to lay torture to anyone, and everything, exposed to it. Wood is prone to warp and split, paint will blister and peel. My Colorado Curvilinear Marble Sculpture however stands testament to its enduring strength and resilience. You could say that: there’s high maintenance, low maintenance, and – with the introduction of my indoor/outdoor Collection Series Marble Sculpture, a brand new 21st Century “No Maintenance” option, never before brought to the canny art collector’s eye.
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