The sculpture was cut from a single block of Rose Red Granite weighing 46,000 lbs. All of the rough out work was done on our own hand-built wire saw. The polishing was done with a combination of hand work and a large homemade radial arm contour polisher of our own design. The goal of my sculptures is to create pieces that relate to each other while telling a story.
The goal of this project was to create a sculpture that related to engineering and that honored the Maddox brothers, for whom the engineering building was named, and the Maddox Foundation. The sculpture represents a mechanism. A mechanism is anything that transmits or transforms energy. The sculpture represents a slide coupler that is used to transmit mechanical motion. The piece also refers to the Maddox brothers. The two outer pieces can be viewed as the two brothers while the center piece represents the foundation that was created by one brother and nurtured by the other. The fact that the piece was created from one piece of stone was important in conveying the close relationship between brothers, foundation and engineering. In addition to the sculpture, two benches were created from the center piece that was extracted early in the process.
My own sculpture takes form from a given inspiration provided by the client and then interpreted through my own aesthetic and capabilities of our facility. The actual making of the sculpture is a full team approach. I have a crew that is not only adept at all phases of stone production but also has a strong background in the arts.
Mechanism comes apart
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