Automatons and Fine Metal Sculpture from Recycled Objects

Chronoequinology 2.0

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Chronoequinology 2.0 is the culmination of over 91 days of intense labor and 730 individual pieces of recycled metal objects made of brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and carbon steel.   This beautiful work involved taking raw metal objects and forming them, then polishing them to a mirror-like finish before welding them into the sculpture.  Polishing these pieces takes about the same amount of time as the actual creation of an unpolished sculpture itself.

  The head  is built on a vintage motorcycle gas tank, and the individual outer parts and face are cut from thick stainless steel sections of a square guard post from the Coca Cola factory.  The accenting sections are cut from old solid brass schoolhouse door kickplates, salvaged here in Lake County. 

  For those who look closely, you'll find many unique items used to create the clockworks of this piece: antique chandelier pieces, motorcycle parts, old Italian scooter gears, wind up clock pieces, and much more, including a barely detectable 1941 nickel in the support tube.  A tribute to the racing legend "Seabiscuit" who had 3 sculptures erected that year in honor of his amazing accomplishments, despite being looked upon as an unlikely champion.

However, with only a few people believing in him, spanning six seasons (1935–40), he won 33 of 89 races and inspired a nation of people during times of hardship.  Chronoequinology , literally "Time + Horse", was intended to show the timeless beauty of belief in others, self-sacrifice, and taking the time to help another become what they were meant to be. As with Seabiscuit, sometimes just a few good people can make all the difference in someone's potential, and bring about positive change in their life.  The pieces in this sculpture were once thought to be no longer useful, of no consequence, but with belief, time, and sacrifice, they have become something more, beautiful, valuable, and unique.

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