“Emergence” hammer-formed bronze sculpture

by shelbyvision on March 1, 2010

That’s what I’m calling this for now. It’s based on a quick doodle that was probably subconsciously inspired by Dr. Seuss. After it was done, I tried to figure out what it is, and it seems to be about birth, or the emergence of a seed in plant terms, since it looks mostly plant-like, but the seed, with a little imagination, looks like a baby. It’s a much larger scale than I’m used to working with, and It’s made from 1/16″ silicon bronze sheet, so my poor hands got some major abuse. Every part of it was a challenge, and I had to make some new tooling along the way. In the days to come I will post some pictures of the process. The whole thing is 21″ tall and 9″ across. The “seed” is not attached and has a large steel ball (about 2-1/2″) inside. The bowl pivots somewhat, so that the seed can rock back and forth, making the bowl move slightly along with it. I may be making a motor driven wobbly base to put this on, to make it kinetic. I have no idea yet whether it will work.

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shelbyvision March 4, 2010 at 8:00 am

What rotten luck…all the pictures here are invisible, because they are on my website server, which crashed Monday afternoon, and it’s still not back up.

shelbyvision March 4, 2010 at 7:57 am

Thank you Peggy.

Peggy Wilson March 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Incredibly beautiful, what movement!

shelbyvision March 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Michael. Dar Shelton called it a “kidney martini”, LOL.
The seed form is two pieces, which can be seen pretty clearly in the pictures. The top piece slightly overlaps the bottom piece. Getting the two matched together was quite a task.
Most of what I make is brass (cartridge brass, alloy 260). This is only the second piece I’ve made from bronze. It’s high silicon bronze, alloy 655, which is very rare in sheet form, only available retail at about three suppliers in the entire US, the closest one to me being in Colorado, and that’s at least a thousand miles away.

Michael Johnson March 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

A very elegant cashew? :o)
Very cool design. Is the form on top made from a single sheet in the orange peel manner that you have used on other forms?

Also, I would love to learn more about the differences in bronzes that you use.

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