Downtown Head

 

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Angela Meleca Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, hosts Downtown Head and my paintings, including 8-12-2013 in the window.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Angela and Dale, after a successful installation. This piece is available. Shipment to anywhere, no problem.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

The tradition of the colossal head is one that includes all eras and all cultures, and has always been a form of honor to the subject. This head is on a bearing, and can be turned by any passing citizen.

 

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Making the great accessible is what it’s all about.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Fully looking in- or away- it depends on where you see it from, Downtown Head gets attention either way.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

I’ve always liked this shot of the sculpture and its reflection. This is Downtown Columbus, within a couple blocks of the ¬†Statehouse. Very site relevant.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Yes, driving big round things around requires a bit of preparation. I love the expressions of people as they pass me on the highway.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

In the studio, ready for delivery.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Henry the St. Bernard is obviously impressed. Floored, really.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head (work in progress)
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′
Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head (work in progress)
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Rough out complete; the form begins to take shape.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head (work in progress)
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

Rough out complete.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head (work in progress)
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

It is critical to work at the right height. The back and shoulders and arms and hands and legs take a beating badly enough without complicating it by working too high or too low.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head (work in progress)
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

I like to put a head in a block kitty corner. It helps to orient myself that way.

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head (work in progress)
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

At this stage I almost went for the Bishop’s Hat look, but that wasn’t what I was after. But it always helps to keep an open mind, right?

Downtown Head Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing 7'-6" x 3' x 3'
Downtown Head
Granite, Limestone, Steel, Bearing
7′-6″ x 3′ x 3′

In the beginning, there was the first chip. It takes a lot of chips to get ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirror Lake Ice Cream Cone

Indiana LimestoneLocated on the Ohio State University Campus, Columbus, Ohio.
Indiana Limestone
Located on the Ohio State University Campus, Columbus, Ohio.

This 1500 pound carved¬† limestone ice cream cone stands proudly outside one of Ohio State University’s oldest buildings, which now houses the Mirror Lake Creamery and Grill on the ground floor. Thousands of students walk by my work every day on the campus. I wonder how many notice the top scoop is cherry? Carving the waffle cone texture was fun. Being a part of a place carved by generations of stone carvers is an honor.

Indiana Limestone, 6' x 3' x 3' Ohio State University Campus
Indiana Limestone, 6′ x 3′ x 3′
Ohio State University Campus
Cherry double dip. What fun to make something that will be entertaining young people for decades!
Cherry double dip. What fun to make something that will be entertaining young people for decades!
Double dip of goodness!
Double dip of goodness!
Stone ice cream. No doubt too cold. Frozen solid.
Stone ice cream. No doubt too cold. Frozen solid.

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!

Caroline Memorial

Kansas Limestone
Kansas Limestone

This sculpture was commissioned as a gift by my daughter’s graduating class of 2012, Wellington School. It is in memory of a schoolmate that died of brain cancer when the students were in kindergarten. Caroline was a playful girl, and loved the outdoors.

Kansas Limestone
Kansas Limestone

As a father, the honor was enormous. That class was full of great young people, and I am glad to have gotten to know them. I still see some of them around every now and then.

Kansas :Limestone
Kansas Limestone

Oh! I just realized I haven’t shot this in winter yet. Oh well- maybe next year. At least I hope we don’t have any more snow this spring. It’s been a cold winter.

 

Kansas Limestone
Kansas Limestone

The playground was funded, in part, by donations in her honor.

Tony Hinkle Bust

This bronze bust of the legendary Tony Hinkle stands in front of Butler University’s Hinkle Auditorium, one of the nation’s oldest and largest basketball courts. Old World has been part of several graduating class gifts. This one, in particular, stands out; Butler won the Final Four that year to become the number one college basketball team in the country. Go Butler!

Tony Hinkle was head basketball coach at Butler for nearly fifty years, and also coached football and baseball.

The overall sculpture is over life size, at just under seven feet tall.

Commemorating significant individuals in the life of an institution is an honor, and I look forward to the next opportunity.

Part of the challenge of this piece was in capturing a man whose career spanned almost fifty years. Should he be portrayed as a young man? Or near the end of his career? I tried to imply both.

Thank you Butler University Class of 2009!

Butler University Class Gift of 1997

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel
Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

This Class Gift sculpture is located on the Mall of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. This shot is original; today, the gardens are lush and the piece has settled into it’s home quite nicely.

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel
Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

This graduating class was very open to new ideas, and together we came up with this design. It has weathered well, and has become a fixture on the campus of one of America’s great colleges.

Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel
Bronze over Wood, Granite, Steel

Thank you, Butler University Class Of 1997! I am honored to have been part of your experience!

Still Point

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

This life size bronze sculpture was Matthew’s last project as an employee of Old World Stone Carving.¬† He’s done very well since as an independent sculptor., with works across the nation.

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Matthew’s sensitivity shows through in every detail. We had Cash, a police horse, in every week for confirmation of detail.

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

This memorial sculpture honors the bond between the youth that the ranch serves and the animals it uses to help these young people.

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

When the dedication was held the Columbus police brought Chance. On camera, and as if on cue, Chance walked up when the sculpture was unveiled and nuzzled his likeness. It was magical.

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

The expression on the young man’s face is focused, and grateful. We very much wanted to express a thankfulness.

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

When we whipped the clay master to New Mexico to be cast in bronze at the Shidoni Foundry we had a married trucker pair. He of bleached and poofed hair, a sleeveless tank top, she with a tobacco pipe… and needless to say, the shipment was without a problem.

BronzeSculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.
Bronze
Sculpted by Matthew Palmer in association with Old World Stone Carving.

Horse muscle by a guy that had one in front of him twice a week for a while… and brilliantly done.

Christopher Columbus

Indiana Limestone, GraniteTemporary installation at Ameriflora, Columbus, Ohio.
Indiana Limestone, Granite
Temporary installation at Ameriflora, Columbus, Ohio.

Hilarious. This was one of my first stone carvings done with my employer/mentor Tony Solazzo… Ameriflora, 1992… Christopher Columbus bowling with the world. Proof that I am not infallible.

Easton Frog And Snail

Indiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

This commission for a children’s fountain for a local outdoor mall involved several caricatures. Here the impatient frog prince stomps his foot as the slow snail gets ‘er dun.

Indiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

A prince rides a checkered snail. Haven’t we all? The mall set me free to do as I found fit, with a budget. It was all fun and games until they decided the fountain should become another store. Now the critters crawl around my gardens, taking pictures.

Easton Cat and Mouse

Indiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

This mouse guarding the downspout didn’t last very long. There’s a good reason downspouts have big open outlets.

Indiana LimestoneIndiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

Despite how cool it was that the indoor cat tried to herald the mouse out. Mousey, mousey?

Indiana Limestone, Bronze
Indiana Limestone, Bronze

Great idea, but not practical at all. This kind of creativity is no longer encouraged. Stuff has to last, no matter how clever the idea. I won’t be doing this again, thank you.