Shards of granite twist upward from the earth's core and from them vessels burst of bronzed life. This larger than life bronze and granite sculpture is a transfixing metaphor interpreting the first becoming. Standing nine feet tall and weighing 1800 pounds this is technically the most difficult project I have attempted; like creating a monumental piece of jewelry, interfacing metal with stone.
While touring Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum in Hamilton, Ohio with friends Mr. and Mrs. Duncan White I made a comment that there seemed to be no figurative sculpture. That is when Mr. White led me to a piece titled Eve by New York artist Marc Mellon. He made a comment that she seemed very lonely and thinks she needs a companion, Adam. The rest is history as the Whites collaborated with the park and commissioned me to conceive and sculpt what is now Adam's First Breath.
After approval of a submitted scale maquette of my vision to Pyramid Hill founder Harry Wilks and museum board I was asked to explore the 265 acre park to find an ideal spot. I thought that a wooded area would be the most appropriate and since the installation the Master Gardeners of Hamilton have designed and created an environment just for the piece.
Project completed June 2002.
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