107 degrees, color me violet and packing/palletizing this bee sculpture for a journey to the midwest

20170901_141502.jpgSo… LA is having this massive heat wave and both Joy and I are having to sweat it out to finish the final touches on this sculpture before it get’s shipped to Wisconsin.  It is 107 degrees right now and that makes it tricky to paint, to attach concrete elements and pretty much everything else.

Honestly, the process of making a sculpture is like a winding wheel with no brake going up and down hills.  Problem solving is par for the course… but things become a little more difficult when the temperature of the ambient is set for cooking eggs and gulping down massive quantities of water.

Thankfully, we are nearly there and this overly ambitious creation is about to hit the road.


Color is hard- especially when you don’t know the exact environment the sculpture will be placed in.  Is the blue too bright?  or just right.  Joy and I may have to finesse the color scheme after installation to make sure it meshes well with the location.  But, did you know that bee’s see only in the ultraviolet spectrum? … and that is the color palette that we are using for our sculpture.  No reds.  No reds?  Roses aren’t red but violets are blue. When we were doing research for this project this video really struck a chord with us… check out the video-  Pollinator Vision.

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I often joke around about how I should have been a painter or a miniaturist.  How that might be easier… Transportation of large scale sculpture is difficult and not inexpensive.  This is something that I think a lot of viewers might take for granted.  Even though I spent a large part of my life living in the MN/WI area, I now live in Portland and Joy lives in LA.  So to get a sculpture to WI from CA means putting modular elements on pallets and then putting them on a partial truck that will eventually make its way to the organic farm in Osceola.

Right now the paint has to dry a little more before we hoist the elements onto eight separate pallets and then strap them on with metal bands and wrap contact points.  The concrete elements are going to have an even harder journey.  With the cure time and material quality issues, the concrete might crack or break.  Joy got a lot of bubble wrap and foam mat to help those element out.  We are both going to be crossing our fingers in hopes of a smooth journey across half of the country.   20170901_141454.jpg

Cross your fingers for us too!

~over and out


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