St. John’s Catholic Church Baptismal Font

 

Indiana Limestone, (glass mosaic by others)

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Catholic Church Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

It is an honor and an obligation to make things that people are ritualistically attached to, especially such things that last for generations. It never goes unnoticed when I do this kind of work. This font was dedicated just before Christmas, 2013.  I am responsible for the granite basin and trough. The rest is the work of others. The granite design is a product of myself and the architect, Nikki.

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

I try to work with an architect or a client to help them get what they want, within the budget allowed. This piece is a good example of a collaborative effort of a good team. Amber did a great job on the mosaics, too.

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

The water constantly fills and drains at the same time., very slowly, so unless the church is empty and silent, it can’t be heard.

St. John's Baptismal Font Granite 5' x 30" x 37"
St. John’s Baptismal Font
Granite
5′ x 30″ x 37″

I greatly enjoyed the congregation dipping their fingers in as they gathered for the dedication of the church. I watched the ceremony with fascination and respect, as I am not Catholic. I was glad to be invited, glad to be there.

First Responders Memorial

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

I was commissioned to create the focal sculpture for an Ohio park dedicated to our nation’s fallen First Responders. I created hundreds of different images of people doing very ordinary things; all of the poses are the sorts of things we all do every day, from walking the dog to playing a trumpet. I wanted to convey that any of us could have been targeted that day. Being asked to create a memorial sculpture for an event like 9/11 is beyond an honor; I felt an obligation to not only those that died that day, but to those of us living and doing our best not to forget. Working as a public sculptor is to be part of a memorial tradition as old as civilization.

Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite

Several of the first responders from New York’s Fire and Police departments came for the dedication.

Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast and Fabricated Stainless Steel, Granite

The figures were each first drawn on paper, and then cut from sheet wax, which was then shaped and cast in stainless steel. Each stainless plate was then welded to the others to create a large steel “flame”.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

Because the final sculpture has so many edges to catch the cover, a custom canvas cover was made to the right shape. After a few test runs the officer in charge of the unveiling figured out a technique, and the unveiling at the ceremony came off with no struggles.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

The Honor Guard stood at attention for nearly an hour, amazingly motionlessly. They conveyed everything such an effort is expected to convey, and then some.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

The architecture, lighting, granite, and fountain works were done by others, and they all did a fantastic job. Thanks guys!

 

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

These photos were all taken at the dedication by my daughter Amber, then fifteen.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

If I remember, later I will crop this picture.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

The piece at night casts amazing shadows on the entire area, and shimmers as the lights pass through the rippling water.

Cast Stainless Steel, Granite
Cast Stainless Steel, Granite

Thank you to everybody involved with this park!

Shell Fountain

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

This simple but effective shell fountain is no doubt better looking with water in it, but I never got back to take shots of it running. That was years ago, and now I can’t remember where it is.

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

The first shot doesn’t reveal that the underside is carved too. I bet this fountain is beautiful in the summer. I remember it drained into a lined brick basin below.

Lombardi Fountains

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

How cool is that? Dionyses as a child peeing in the pool. Content is everything.

 

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

The coolest ppol is in the room. Back off.

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Ok, yes, the pineapples on the pier caps too… yes

 

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Oh holy crap what a cool project! Still floored that our crossing resulted in this.

 

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

T^The doctor is in. Imagine that.

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Hey you! Big doins are going on… somewhere… like a leaky shell that manages to land in the pool…

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Dionysus even as a child couldn’t get stuff straight.

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

The coolest pool ever. And a great friend/client still.

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Oh no who let loose the dogs!?

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Yes, the double headed snake. Where dos that come from anyway?

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

Better be putting that water back from where it came from….

Original concept by Dale JohnsonCarved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old world stone Carving.Kansas Limestone, Copper
Original concept by Dale Johnson
Carved by Matthew Palmer while he was with Old World Stone Carving.
Kansas Limestone, Copper

The sound of water moving is the oldest music. Humans learned to sing by listening to the rivers.

Marble Cliff Fountain

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

I haven’t been by this fountain in several years- I hope all is well with it. One of my first public pieces. An unbroken sheet is a major challenge, especially one this big. Wind is everything.

George Fountain

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

This cherub was one of Matthew Palmer’s first figurative works. Matthew has since gone on to many public works.

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

Getting the dolphins to properly spit into the basin was a labor of love. Tricky.

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

Water spilled from this amphora as we as from everywhere else. Fancy fountain.

Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone

When babes deliver the wine… oh no, oh no.

Kirkpatrick Fountain

Original Design by Dale JohnsonIndiana Limestone, Copper
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Copper

This kind of sheet fountain is very tricky to get right- but gorgeous. Best in a situation like this, isolated from the wind.

Original Design by Dale JohnsonIndiana Limestone, Copper
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Indiana Limestone, Copper

The brick wall is not a good choice this close to water. Beautiful, but I caution against it.

Healy Fountain

Original Design by Dale Johnson Steel, Bronze, Limestone
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Steel, Bronze, Limestone

This fountain shell is an actual trough from medieval France. We just figured out the cool way to get water into it.

Original Design by Dale Johnson Steel, Bronze, Limestone
Original Design by Dale Johnson
Steel, Bronze

A mighty cool fountain emitter for a centuries old marble trough. Cool garden I wonder how it looks now?

 

Thurber Garden

Based on James Thurber's drawings. Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings. Columbus Limestone

This was one of my first public projects. It is still in operation, almost twenty years later. the water flows out of the book and across the split boulder, and disappears. The boulder is suspended on a stainless steel grate that holds the gravel at grade level.

Based on James Thurber's drawings.Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings.
Columbus Limestone

This Thurber Dog facing down a butterfly is at the home of the funder of the Thurber House 100th Anniversary Garden.

Based on James Thurber's drawings.Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings.
Columbus Limestone

My daughter was featured in the newspaper riding this Thurber Dog at the inaugural. She was five. She tuurns twenty this year.

Based on James Thurber's drawings.Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings.
Columbus Limestone

Still, twenty years later, the ball balances. Epoxy.

Based on James Thurber's drawings.Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings.
Columbus Limestone

The water flows across the pages, down and away. This li one of the best reading places in Columbus, I’ve heard from many.

Based on James Thurber's drawings.Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings.
Columbus Limestone

This dog has since become so overgrown most he’s hard to see.

Columbus Limestone
Columbus Limestone

This sweet dog is now surrounded by flowers, and seems to be smelling them at the right time of year. Time is everything with sculpture.

Based on James Thurber's drawings. Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings. Columbus Limestone

The Slueth Dog. Tricky tail.

Based on James Thurber's drawings. Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings. Columbus Limestone

The digging dog has all but dug himself right out of sight.

Based on James Thurber's drawings. Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings. Columbus Limestone

The Balancing Dog has been balancing for over ten years now…

Based on James Thurber's drawings. Columbus Limestone
Based on James Thurber’s drawings. Columbus Limestone

And the sniffing dog has been sniffing since the last century.

Thurber Garden Magazine

And last fall… there was this. Pretty cool.