Automatons and Fine Metal Sculpture from Recycled Objects
American Bald Eagle Recycled Naval Pipe Sculpture
The story of the incredible American Bald Eagle is regarded as one of the most successful wildlife preservation examples in history. At one point in their existence, only 2 pair were known to be alive in Georgia.
Keen and caring action in this time of peril brought them out of the critically endangered status and back into such numbers that a person in any location in the state of Florida or Georgia is rarely more than 50 miles away from an American Bald Eagle at any time. As a child from central Florida, I've seen this story happening firsthand and was inspired to create this 6-foot wingspan life size eagle tribute.
This incredibly detailed AWARD-WINNING Eagle sculpture is focused on it's target, perched atop a rotted pine tree, ready to dive into action. The pose captures the intensity and beauty of this wonderful bird of prey.
The adjacent photo was taken at SOBO Gallery in Winter Garden Florida where the sculpture won Annual Top Choice Award in 3D art.
An ironic artistic uniqueness to this piece is that I used found iron pipes discovered in the edge of the forest, fading away and forgotten, like the Eagle was at one time. I used these old pipes, Naval ship salvage yard pieces, to create the over 1,000 feathers and individual pieces of this incredible work.
It took months of tediously cutting each feather from the rusty pipe, cleaning them up, hand cutting, trimming, forming on an anvil, and finally fitting and welding each feather one at a time next to the previous piece. The old pipes came from obscurity, rusting into the environment, to soaring as an Eagle. So, the title came to me, "The Majestic Return".
Sculpture will come to you in a custom professionally hand-crafted wood crate, with internal support and protective packaging, insured via freight delivery service unless other shipping arrangements are agreed upon with us first. FREE DELIVERY in the states of FLORIDA and GEORGIA.
Sculpture height 62 inches x 72 inches width x 47 inches depth. WEIGHT 145lbs
Each feather was crafted one at a time. Then the final step before welding, each piece was forged over an anvil to create the curves, and hand sanded to fit next to the feathers around it.
Many metal artists use an automated CNC machine to cut many feathers with exactly the same repetitive profile, cookie-cutter technique, as this will make many feathers fast. However, I wanted to show the detail of the variety of sizes and types of feathers an eagle is clothed so royally with. So i shaped the feathers according to where they were being placed.
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Forged from the fires of battle, this powerful majestic equine creation depicts the fierce determination, courage and power of the fearless war horse prepared in it's barding and ready to charge into the midst of the fight.
I wanted to capture the essence of the character involved in overcoming our own battles, fought internally and externally.
I saw a no better example than the horse mindset, ready to charge into the war, using all it's power to challenge the greatest of obstacles with no reservation.
Life threatening illnesses for my family and myself lead to the inspiring of this piece. The strength and qualities gained by retraining of my own outlook to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, are the what guided this process.
Valor is created from tools and objects that have had a life of experiences already, some for nearly a century, but they were not done with this life yet.
The process of taking each piece and giving it a new life as a meaningful sculpture of beauty that conveys the artist's feeling is what makes this art so special and unique.
No piece is ever the same as each is created from whatever found objects I have collected at that specific time, and each piece always goes together in a different way to create the work, and every piece has had it's own different life and path getting to my hands and into the sculpture.
So many lives touched and so many stories nestled into each sculpture, a collage of life from many places, and many decades. I feel the diversity and history in each part of the sculpture, a car jack that held up a 1920's model T car along an old dirt road a hundred years ago, before paved roads,or the handcrank drill that a carpenter used during the 1930's to build a piece of furniture or even a home, antique pipe wrenches used by someone's great grandfather that were the first wrenches made like it at that time.
Picture a map of the travels of each object from it's manufacturer to the store, to a customers home, and passed on from generation to generation down through time and to other states or nations possibly. It's moving to imagine just how far all the different roots may extend out from here and now.
Valor truly feels massive and powerful as you stand next to it's 32' long, 30" tall and 150-pound steely form! Even the "leather" bridle and reigns are constructed from solid steel.