Light, Portable, and Carved for Full Immersion in the Real World

My Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture is light, portable, and carved for full immersion in the real world.   Easy to pick up and move around, the Curvilinear technique that I developed in order to shed marble’s notorious 170 pounds PER cubic foot DEAD WEIGHT, means that for the first time in its long, long history, hand carved marble sculpture is now free to step out of the exclusive domain of museums – the stuffy gallery, and lofty environs in general – and out into the world in which we day-to-day dwell.   In fact, for the first time ever marble sculpture is now free to adorn practically anywhere its luminous presence is desired. Mystique Masque, 1314 Winter Collection, Colorado Yule Marble Sculpture by Martin CooneyPhotographs however only go so far in their portrayal of the many subtle hues, shadows and shading presented by ‘the real thing’  as you will see them in the KMJ COONEY Stone Sculpture Gallery.     I’m sure you will leave with plenty of ideas as to just where you’ll be staging your new-found treasure upon returning home.   I’ll show how easy it is to care for Curvilinear marble sculpture – an occasional wipe with a clean damp cloth – and how natural it feels to simply hold the marble against your body as you walk your sculpture from one place to another around your home, patio, garden or office.

In focusing on how incredibly light and portable it is, even I am prone to occasionally forget just how much stone I actually removed from the original block in order to create my signature Curvilinear Marble Sculpture.

But I have a motto to my method, and that is: if I myself am unable to carry the  sculpture out of the banker shop, and into the real world, then the carving is patently unfinished.

I’ll tell you what though; whatever a sculpture may weigh upon its departure from the studio, the rough block it came from weighed considerably more, and much effort was to be expended on my part in simply maneuvering the stone in place to be carved.  Consider then the effort involved in moving conventional marble sculpture of similar dimension, as many if not all traditional marble sculptures tend to be.   All that weight, combined with such incredible fragility: oooh, even I would approach such an installation with much in trepidation.   Moving a huge piece of marble weighing perhaps many hundreds of pounds is nervy enough at times, I cannot imagine the tension wherein my finished sculpture weighed that much!   And then, once it is there in place, what then? Each time it needs to be moved it’s back to the block and tackle, the lifting gear, and much in the way of tension fueled inconvenience.   Compare and contrast such marble sculpture ownership with that of simply picking up my Curvilinear Marble Sculpture and placing it pretty much wherever you wish.

Within my 67 piece Marble Collection Series you will find carvings in all shapes and sizes, weights, and prices. From the teeny-tiny Pearl, weighing in at a petite 11 pounds, to the colossus exception to the rule Top O’ Th’ World at 175!   Most sculptures tend to weigh in at somewhere between 25 to 50 lbs, rendering their relocation from one place to another somewhat of a cinch in comparison to a similar sized traditional marble carving tipping the scales at three, four, five hundred pounds, or more.

Now, it is not my intention to Impugn Kris’s strength, confidence, and durability, for she needs to prove nothing when it comes to tackling life’s more physical challenges, but as she readily admits herself, if she can so easily pick up and move the vast majority of my Collection Series Sculpture, so can a great many strong minded men and women, perhaps the majority of people, whatever their build or size.   And so, when you meet her at the gallery, please ask her for yourself.   She knows the ones easily picked up and moved around, and the ones that require something of a more concerted effort, and she will freely point out the ones that she quite frankly would not attempt to move herself.  For that is how each carving must be picked up and moved; by one capable, confident, diligent individual.   Two people, and the chance of dropping, perish the thought, is increased rather dramatically.   In explaining the sensation of moving my Curvilinear Marble Sculpture I tend to use the small child comparison: if you have ever had cause to pick up, carry or hold a small child in your arms, immediately upon cradling your first hand carved marble bowl you will likely experience a rather pleasant thrill of recognition, such are the physical similarities between the two tasks.

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And finally, my Collection Series Marble Sculpture is inscribed with its Serial Number, along with my Mark, upon the underside of each carving’s base.

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Collection Series Marble Sculpture

by MARTIN COONEY

Light, Portable, and Carved for Full Immersion in the Real World

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