SKIPPER

One reason I’ve chosen to build sculpture out of steel found objects is that assembling found objects forces me into a loose style that, while being faithful to proportion, does not get bogged down in detail that your eye seems to enjoy completing on its own. It is somewhat delightful to construct a sculpture out of unexpected materials. One salvage yard owner tells me he cannot see what I see in these materials until it is born again as something new and possibly more valuable than it ever was before. Then, he says, it is obvious! 

Another reason I often work in this medium is the profound similarities to my own human condition as an ordinary man. The materials you see were salvaged material that society took little notice of or put much value in. God does that with people. He does not look on the outward appearance but the heart and sees potential no one else does. He specializes in regenerating rusty, damaged, and ravaged people that society isn’t impressed with. What God can do with ordinary people who will fully turn their hearts toward him is truly awesome.

God chose what the world thinks is unimportant and what the world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.
1 Corinthians 1:28


INVENTORY of  “SKIPPER” (steel sailfish)

Brass boat propeller
Trailer hitch ball
Conveyor chain
“Wiss” tin snips
Log chain binder
Boat motor skeg
Gears
Pruning saws
Band saws
Roto-tiller tines
Strainer ladel
Garden spade
Open end wrenches
Gaterman harvester pickup guards
Motorcycle muffler guard
Fork/rake
REI Ice axe

Sail fin
Eye
Spine
Mouth
Beak
Ventral fin
Sail fin
Tail fin
Fins
Gills
Neck
Forehead
Spine
Lower jaw
Side of tail
Sail fin
Belly & fin

Fabricated one of a kind.

68" H x 84" L

Springfield, Missouri


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