As I continued to work with my metal collection in my studio at MASS MoCA, the sculptures fell into three categories: self-standing (on a tabletop or pedestal), hanging, and on the wall. Here are 3 of my hanging sculptures.
This piece, Caps and Cans, is made from found bottle caps and flattened cans. The copper wire, holding all the circles, is old patinated phone wire that came down along the railroad tracks in Forge Village (Westford), Massachuettts where I used to live. I walked along those tracks, which also bordered Forge Pond, in all seasons, for many many days (even before I had Bird the dog)! Another great source of metal.
Two pieces on the wall.
As the snow banks melted away from the roadsides in North Adams, I found this fantastic piece of metal, just across the street from our resident apartment!
It isn’t attached yet, but I will find a way to make permanent the sculpture on the right.
A few other pieces that are “sketches” waiting to be made permanent. The blue metal is a piece of an old school locker that I found on a previous residency at MASS MoCA. It reminds me of the Hoosic River which once fueled the North Adams mills.
How quickly time moves forward! Its been almost a month since I returned home from MASS MoCA. Fortunately, all my finished sculptures and the rest of the metal collection fit in my Prius and rode safely back to Cape Cod. I added a table to my home studio as a specific place for the “road metal” sculptures and as a reminder that I have more work to do!