Passion Unfurled

This sculpture was created between 2006 and 2007, taking about 620 hours to complete. My original idea was to create something like a river, and for a long time, I called it my "River Piece". I started at the top, and worked my way down, which is inconsistent with the principals of engineering and construction. (Imagine building a house or a bridge from the top down.) However, I knew that the directional metal drips were tantamount to the visual dynamics that I wanted, and the only way I could execute this vision was to work in reverse, so to speak. As a result, after about a third of the sculpture was completed, I suspended it from a hoist, and "sketched out" the bottom portion using steel rods. Along the way, it occurred to me that there should be a split down the middle of the "River" to make it more interesting. While making this split, I decided to soften the edges and create a fold. Once the piece took this direction, it wasn't long before I re-named the sculpture. Furthermore, I re-wrote my Artist Statement to acknowledge the underlying sexual images that emerge from so much of my artwork. For this reason, Passion Unfurled will always mark a turning point in my career.

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