This is the hammered sheet sculpture originally designed to accompany Organic Network I. This piece now lives over a fireplace where light from north-facing windows glints off of the piece, accentuating its depth.
I look forward to commissions like this from folks desiring a dimensional piece to adorn a wall, be it inside or out. Particularly with a touch of lighting -- either natural or artificial -- the effect is eye-catching.
A few months ago I was offered an opportunity by restaurateur Claire Smith to install a work in her newest restaurant, Canopy, on Montrose Blvd. in Houston.
Using the majestic oaks ‘photo wallpaper’ behind Canopy’s bar as inspiration (as well as the restaurant’s name), I designed two separate elements to resemble branches: one of hammered sheet, and the other using the ‘tack-and-bend’ approach. The two pieces overlapped each other.
While installing the piece, Claire and I decided that it looked better with just the one ‘tack-and-bend’ portion. The second piece made it look ‘heavy’ and was somehow distracting.
The sculpture hanging on the wall at Canopy is about 3.5‘ wide, 2.5‘ tall, and ranges in depth up to 8” or so (I have an aversion to making anything completely flat, as I find changes in depth to be so much more interesting than a static surface).
The sculpture attaches securely to the wall from three points, able to be hung in any orientation. This is accomplished via tubing attached to the sculpture which nests over a smaller diameter tubing screwed into to the wall. I’ll use this hanging concept again, as this option provides the most flexibility in case a change in the orientation of a piece is desired.
When in Houston, please stop in Canopy for a nosh and beverage, and check out the sculpture in person, as these photos really don’t do it justice.
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