|Project by NicoJose||posted 03-26-2011 01:23 PM||8496 views||21 times favorited||52 comments|
Hey guys, would you consider my sculpture as woodworking?
1 of 3 Public Sculpture in Washington Park (Portland, Oregon) Dimensions: 6.5’ x 6’ x 9.5’
Net weight: 800lbs; you can stand on the shoulders
In college, my thesis & senior project was an intensive research & application of environmental art. I was camping outdoors between September 2009 to March 2010 beside a 3000 sq ft compost pile at the boarder of my school. I was studying the characteristics of different twigs and shapes of branches in order to produce public sculptures in a sustainable manner.
I studied different books from the human anatomy to the muscular system, and from kinetic movement of the body to line gesture drawings. In the end, I learn how to make giant human figure as if I was drawing except I used found organic materials to draw the lines . It was about patience on looking for the right shapes, the proper joints and figuring out makes a single branch or vine interesting.
I did NOT use any glue, rope, metal fasteners or any electrical tools… I just wove thousands of bendable materials (muscle groups) over least or non bendable materials (the skeleton) while balancing everything as a solid a piece
I made a total of 4 giant sculptures in my school with 4’x 5’ x 6’ being the smallest and 13’ x 4.5’ x 4’ being the largest. My 5th sculpture, “The Observer”, was my donation to the City of Portland.
This 5th sculpture on took 65hrs to install by myself or 5 days onsite hundreds of people watching everyday.
• Tie Downs
• Rubber Mallet
List of material (from compost dumpsite of NW & SW Portland + Washington Park):
• Japanese Maple
• Willow tree
• Apple prunings
• Douglas fir branches
• Pacific Madrone
• Blue Cypress
• Oregon Maple
• Bald Cypress
• Red Cedar
• Grape Vines
• Sequoia Branches
• Spruce Root
• Red Alder
• Paper Birch
• Japanese Bamboo
-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist www.s10-10.com