A journey into a month with Zoey the Sculptor
Hi I'm Zoey
And this is my house
I am a sculptor. Sometimes I'm friendly with my work.
Sometimes, almost out of the blue my critique monster appears.
Here are pieces of metal to a Bandurria Bird Sculpture I am working on. It is a type of Black-Faced Ibis found only in South America. I was asked by the Le Reve Hotel in Santiago to make a sculpture for their courtyard.
I use a water-jet metal cutting machine
The yellow, orange and red pieces were primed and then painted Valspar®
Anti-Rust Armor Enamel Spray Paint. This stuff really lasts!
The gray piece is brushed aluminum as so I left it natural
The dark metal was darkened using a blow torch and bees was. Yes this really works!
Here's the bird is assembled and installed in the courtyard.
Lately I have been doing a lot of flat metal sculpture. Here is an Antelope on site at Erica' Meadows. Isn't he a charmer?
After a long day in the Studio I like to take a nature walk with my dog Tucker.
Here I am finishing a seal weather vane. This one is in 3D. Izzy the curator from the Bjorn Museum ordered one for the roof.
I have finally finished the horn details of my new antelope. This one is an Eland which lives in Africa. This sculpture will to go near the picnic area of Aspen Grove State Park.
Here I am welding the horns on the head
Horns Welded! Check!!
This Junk Yard Roof will be perfect for the body
Saying goodbye to Ray.
Sometimes I feel like Dr. Frankenstein.
The behind the ear part is the hardest
Here he is installed at the Aspen Groove State Park.
Now I need to make a tetherball court for Lakewood Elementary School. Sculpting requires a great deal of planning. Cement is fun, but you want to make sure you get it right the first time.
Getting the cement into the tires. I'll have to let them set for a few days.
In the meantime, I take a breather and watch to sunrise.
Zoey's next project is to make two wolves for the Bjorn Museum's front courtyard. This first one was welded to some Rocks. The second one will take some more work.
The second one will be free standing and so she needs to be more carefully balanced. Step one is to study the bone structure of a wolf.
Step to is to study the muscles.
After using 10 gauge wire to form my wolf bones, I use Pal Tiya compound to build the first layer. After it dries, I will mold in some muscles and then end with the skin. To learn more about this cool material check out www.paltiya.com
Now that the main mass is in, I am ready to start carving.
I can't help but get attached to each of my art pieces. They are like children to me.
Sometimes I get a little sad when I have to let go of a piece. But Tucker is always interested in the sites.
Dogs have a way....
of keeping me