In 2010 we worked on an idea from David. He had been designing for weeks on the computer. We knew we again wanted to use PVC pipe but this time we had decided on a sculpture using replication of a single unit - 1 piece repeated over and over but assembled in a way to make an exciting form. The orginal idea was a towering apex like this...
And it was with that idea in mind that we started cutting, finishing and bolting together hundreds of short sections of PVC piping.
And then we combined sections together into ribbons and soon learned that the construction technique resulted in forms far too flexible to build what we were planning. But ohhh what neat forms it did make......
And what fun we had playing with these new forms and their possibilities. The ribbon was so dynamic that we ended up taking quick videos as we experimented with possibilities.
The sculpture was partially disassembled into lengths we could lift, loaded into the truck and brought close to the site we had selected for installation. We chose the front hill that faces the road just so the neighbors could also enjoy this sculpture. I wonder what they have had to say about it........?
Sections were reassembled in the middle of a grassy glade.
And we started playing with the possibilities of the ribbon and the site. Here is loop-lump-loop......
Or how about two loops, a big lump and a swirl up the tree?
Each presentation had to be viewed from all angles because the appearance changes drastically from various views.
Every couple of weeks we changed the sculpture. Until we reached the triple loop. It has stayed that way throughout the winter and into 2011.
We title this sculpture "Flexibility" both because in its final version we can change it, and because we were flexible during the construction of it.
Our DIY sculpture garden is growing.
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