Last week, Fred worked on adding more willow branches and bulrushes (tule), bringing more movement to the whole sculpture. Richard continues to hammer out the metal to form the steelhead trout. Quite impressive work as he also makes his own tools to do the forming of the bend of the fish, their fins and more! This coming weekend, if you are in the Seaside area, you can get a first hand view of the artwork on display at Fred's shop during the West End Arts Celebration.
Hammering half of the steehead just out of the forge. Richard sets the hot metal onto a concave wood block that has been soaked in water. then he moves over the the anvil to hammer the metal out further. It all happens within about a minute or two...then the metal is too cool to work on. But, if you touched it with your bare hand, you would know it is still very hot!
This week the kelp fronds to represent the ocean and the willow branches to represent the riparian habitat for the river have been added. Additional refinement on the spiral of the river was also accomplished. Richard continues to forge and fabricate the thirteen steelhead trout for the sculpture...and soon, a red-legged frog and dragonfly! Following are the photos showing these different aspects.
Below you will see new steps in the process of creating the Rebar Sculpture: Transformation in Restoration. Working with this old metal is quite a challenge which is dictating how it is taking shape!
It is a process of building, then taking away, reshaping, bending, adding and reshaping again. Bends in the metal are achieved by heating the metal 'til red hot then slowly pulling with a metal tool...it is slow going!
The fish have been cut out of the flattened metal and will continue to be refined in shape and texture and turn of the body...all with the allowances of the metal.
Fred bending the rebar.
This shows the sculpture where we tested placement of the fish. The second week we have started to remove and reshape some of the metal to form more spiral shape in the center,..a work in progress as seen below.
Heating the metal to red hot to bend a bit at a time.
Removing some metal to bring focus to sprial section. More may yet be removed...
And here are a couple images showing the fish...drawn on the metal ready to be cut out...and fish below in various stages of formation.
It has been almost three years since the San Clemente Dam came down. Now, the rebar I collected from the dam is coming to life in the sculpture.
Below are some photos of that process.
Thank you to all who have made generous donations to make this sculpture happen! Truly an historic endeavor. Stay tuned for more blog posts showing the progression of this creation. The sculpture is planned to be installed and ready for the dedication of the new Palo Corona Regional Park (former Rancho Cañada) on September 28, 2018.
On June 28, 2014, the CA Red-legged Frog became the official State Amphibian. This came about through the persistent efforts of Save the Frogs! organization and Assemblymember Pérez and his staff; the students, teachers and administrators of Sea View Elementary School in Salton City; all the legislators who voted in support of this bill; and SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who sent in letters of support on behalf of the California Red-Legged Frog!
(Click on the green text to learn much more about their multi-year efforts to make this happen.)
Monterey County Arts Council Executive Director, Paulette Lynch interviewed me for the Access Monterey Peninsula Your Town program. The focus was Passion for Place and the importance of bringing the arts and sciences together. The more we can cultivate this in our lives, the more creative we can become in our lives. Watershed Arts is all about supporting the cross-pollination of the arts with ecology and vice versa. The images in the video are all aspects of my work from various explorations along the river. You can watch the interview here.
Explore your watershed wherever you live, develop your sense of place and protect what you can!
I have been exploring the river by walking upstream in the river...and sometimes swimming with the steelhead! With the recent heat waves, it made it an inviting proposition to fully immerse myself in the river. When I did, with goggles on, I found young-of-the-year Carmel River Steelhead there! So invigorating to capture the images and feel refreshed in the cool water.
This was a very complicated painting to execute with all the rocks and wanting to be as accurate as possible and the changing morning light... The river was rearranged quite a bit by the immense flows of water from the winter's rains. Really amazing to see the power of water!
Painted on June 28, 29 and July 3, 2017
Patrice Vecchione, noted writer and author of Step into Nature, and I took a walk in the Carmel River about a month ago...and from that outing she has written a beautiful article...you can read it here. How can you live your life thinking like a watershed?
It's been a long while since I have been up at the former dam site. After all the rain we have had, the river has certainly rearranged the boulders that were so carefully engineered in place last year! The intense flow of water during the heavy rains in February washed a lot of soil away to expose the base rock. The flow, at its height, was 7,000 cubic feet per second! In other words, visualize 7000 basketballs passing by at a certain point in one second!! and then another 7000 the next second etc...
I plan to get out and paint there soon!
In May, I will be part of a team of docents for the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy that will take the public to the restoration site to learn about the project and see how the restoration is progressing. The tours will be listed in the MPRPD Let's Go Outdoors program guide coming out soon.
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