Recent downtime found me taking a second look at a sculpture titled "Deep Sea Diver" that I made last spring (see blog entry for 4/29/21). I felt that the support rod took away from the desired visual impact of the "dive" concept of the piece. The question was - how to hide or obscure the rod and not the "diver". I think I knew the answer before I asked the question... that I might be able to incorporate some leftover pieces of twisted bark that I had used in the making of my bronze sculpture "Lucky Seven" (see my blog posts for 4/22/16 & 7/18/16). Bingo!
As I experimented with the placement of several of the bark strips, I found that the curved ends of the strips would curl closely around both the bottom of the rod and the body of the "diver". The next step was to figure out how to attach the strips securely.
Attaching the strips involved using my Dremel to create insertion holes for the ends of each strip in the driftwood base. I also added a small metal pin into the edge of each strip at the point where the edge of the strip actually touched the body of the "Diver". I drilled holes to receive the pins in the body and then epoxied each strip end and pin into their respective holes. I further secured the strips by adding a toothpick "pin" through overlapping flat areas of the strips. In addition to the 3 long strips that I attached around the rod, I also added 2 shorter strips about an inch further behind the base of the rod to further enhance the flow and effectiveness of the composition. I feel the addition of the "landscaping" added to the illusion of motion and of being underwater...and, even better, added a sense of playfulness. :)
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Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.