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Still there, half a century later

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Brother Jack sent this over-the-back-fence shot with emailed birthday greetings. Apparently my cement relief sculpture still exists on the side of what was once my home studio. I was 16 years old and got to use the garage for artistic pursuits.

Here’s an other black and white photo that I still have. I’m not sure how I feel about seeing it… a bit happy, a bit sad.

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1 danica { 01.31.12 at 9:59 pm }

I love it, how wonderful it still exists. I had a real-life peek at it during a Vancouver visit but it’s even better to see the details from your original photo.

Is it cement on some type of mesh? It certainly has lasted a very long time.

Also wonder if the home owners are curious about it’s origins?

2 Bill { 01.31.12 at 10:08 pm }

It’s solid cement with expanded wire mesh reinforement. I embedded large machine bolts into the cement while it was still wet in the plaster molds. Then I made paper templates of the shapes… newspapers taped together… and used those to position the bolt holes on the wall. The biggest pieces weighed a lot. Jack and Raabye helped me lift them into place and we put nuts on the bolts on the inside. Then I meshed the whole wall and cemented it with a trowel. We whitewashed the wall to go with the rest of the house, which had a stucco finish.

3 Anna { 02.01.12 at 12:48 am }

I love it! You are very talented Bill. How nice of Jack to send the photo. Good memories……..

4 joni { 02.01.12 at 4:06 am }

I remember the unveiling party for this sculpture. Many gifted artists attended. The colour of the cement changed with the light; a very strong piece.

Very cool of Jack to get a photo over the fence. That studio held some amazing projects, in so many forms. Casts, smelting, all done to a high standard.

5 Bill { 02.01.12 at 11:07 am }

Pardon me, Joni, if I give a small cough at the “high standard”. I did OK for a teenager, but some of my lead melting efforts were poorly thought out and dangerous. Jack and I both got some minor burns that could have been serious, except for luck. Thanks for the comment, though, and the memories.

6 Brian Hickey { 02.03.12 at 7:36 pm }

As I have often said I know nothing of design but I know what looks good. This piece is very nice.

7 Bill { 02.03.12 at 8:08 pm }

Kind of you to say, Brian.

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