This was a piece that I constructed with 6 of my sculpture students when I was teaching at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, in Alexandria, VA. It too about 3000 pounds of clay, stands 11 feet tall at the apex, 7 feet wide, and 3.5 feet deep. We built the entire thing in 5 sections horizontally. The two sides, the top piece, and two additional sculptural sides on the back - that you can't see here. I built custom rolling tables to construct on and then we broke into teams to build the various components. Although a lot of the forms are honeycombed on the interior, much of this is solid. Everything was then cut and numbered, glazed and singled fired, and then reassembled over a steel substructure that we set into concrete. The top piece weighed 600 pounds by itself. The construction shots of this are awesome and I remain amazed that high school students carried this out with me. We had an incredible time. I think it is still there, although I haven't been back up for some time now. If you are close you should go by and look at it. We built it as the entrance for a future sculpture garden for student work. We had planned stone retaining walls, fountains, ceramic benches, etc. but I moved away and so it never happened. At least to the best of my knowledge.
September 8th, 2007
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