“To the Lost” Finishing up the sculpture installation in front of the Crucible

To The LostTotemIn late November I began fabrication of my new sculpture installion “To the Lost”, that in 10 days will adorn the front yard of the Crucible on 7th st. in West Oakland.  It consists of a 9′ tall, redwood/driftwood/treated Totem log that I pulled from the beach in the port of Oakland and several steel elements that blending and contrasting with the wood.  The following photos are a documentation of the process and progress of the piece.

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 This was the first attempt to find the right log for the carving…  I dragged the log about 200 yards down the beach at Montana De Oro in Los Osos CA, but in the end went with a different choice For logistical reasons.

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This was the second  attempt to procure a more sturdy, green log from a Redwood Forest in the Oakland Hills.

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The perfect choice came when I finally had the idea to look in the Port of Oakland. It is from the same neighborhood that the sculpture is being installed. I felt that the wear and tear, toxicity, and history/struggle that the redwood log must have been through to wash up on that small urban beach were crucial to convey my concept and vision….

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I will keep you updated and will be posting the finished product and the conceptual statement within the next two weeks…..

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