A Different Kind of Masterpiece

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

 

Sand Sculptures-*

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Artist Randy Hofman aspires to a loftier calling. By shaping the sand, he hopes he’ll help shape souls. Millions of Ocean City vacationers know his work because they’ve stopped to marvel at the Biblical scenes – the Last Supper, Noah and the Ark, the Crucifixion, David and Goliath – that he creates from sand just off the Boardwalk at Second Street.

Hofman, who lives in Ocean Pines, carves beneath his sculptures simple messages like “God loves us all,” “With God, all things are possible,” “All are welcome” and “Thank you, Jesus.” He places placards with quotes from scripture in front of the sculptures and leaves matchbook-sized booklets with excerpts from the Bible and a jar for donations.

But he never foists the message on anyone. “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman,” says Hofman, who also does oil paintings he sells. “God knows when we’re ready to receive the word. Maybe it’s this year; maybe it’s next year.”

He loves watching the children when they encounter his sculptures and the messages. “One of the big kicks for me is when I see a parent and a young child, and the kid is saying, ‘Dad, what does that mean?’ And the kid is trying to prod him and get it out. The parents explain to the kids just what these simple messages mean.”

Hofman says a judo class he once took serves him well because it taught him much about balance. “Doing this is really a poetic dance,” he says. “I jump around and climb around these sand sculptures when I’m making them and end up in the oddest positions. I find I sometimes have to do a hop and a twist and a twirl to keep from squashing something, so I have to know how to keep my balance.”


Grant L. Gursky
Randy Hofman puts the finishing touches on one of the Biblical sand sculptures he builds just off the Boardwalk at Second Street.



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The following sand sculpture is NOT a part of the above artist's work. It is a separate construction by a different artist. I do not particularly like the subject matter of this sculpture but admire the artistic talent displayed. The work is very good.

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Mount Rushmore

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rushmore

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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In 1924, Robinson persuaded sculptor Gutzon Borglum to travel to the Black Hills region to ensure that the carving could be accomplished. Borglum had been involved in sculpting a massive bas-relief memorial to Confederate leaders on Stone Mountain in Georgia but was in disagreement with the officials there.[6] The original plan was to perform the carvings in granite pillars known as the Needles. However, Borglum realized that that plan was impossible because the eroded Needles were too thin to support sculpting. He chose Mount Rushmore, a grander spot, partly because it faced southeast and enjoyed maximum exposure to the sun. Borglum said upon seeing Mount Rushmore, "America will march along that skyline."[7] Congress authorized the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission on March 3, 1925.[7] President Coolidge insisted that along with Washington, two Republicans and one Democrat be portrayed.[8]

Between October 4, 1927 and October 31, 1941, Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the colossal 60-foot (18 m) carvings of U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to represent the first 150 years of American history. These presidents were selected by Borglum because of their role in preserving the Republic and expanding its territory.[7][9] The image of Thomas Jefferson was originally intended to appear in the area at Washington's right, but after the work there was begun, the rock was found unsuitable, so this figure was moved to Washington's left.

In a canyon behind the carved faces is a chamber, cut only 70 feet (21 m) into the rock, containing a vault with sixteen porcelain enamel panels. The panels include the text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, biographies of the four presidents and Borglum, and the history of the U.S. The chamber was created as the entranceway to a planned "Hall of Records"; the vault was installed in 1998.
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Stone Mountain, Georgia Confederate Carving

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Carving

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The largest low relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three acres, larger than a football field. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface.

In 1912, the carving existed only in the imagination of Mrs. C. Helen Plane, charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The Venable family, owners of the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916. The UDC was given 12 years to complete a sizable Civil War monument. Three sculptors worked on the carving during its creation. Gutzon Borglum was hired in 1915 as the carving consultant, and in 1916 he was appointed carving sculptor by the Stone Mountain Monumental Association. Borglum envisioned a carving with seven central figures accompanied by "an army of thousands." He was not able to begin work on the carving until 1923 due to funding problems and World War I.

After blasting away large portions of the mountain with dynamite, Borglum was able to complete the head of Lee on January 19, 1924. In 1925, a dispute arose between Borglum and the managing association. As a result of the conflict, Borglum left, taking all of his sketches and models with him. Borglum went on to carve the famous Mount Rushmore sculpture in South Dakota.

Augustus Lukeman, the second sculptor, resumed work on the project in 1925. Lukeman's carving included the three central figures of the Confederacy on horseback. He removed Borglum's work from the mountain and diligently worked with pneumatic drills, but by 1928 (the original deadline) only Lee's head was complete and funds were depleted. The Venable family reclaimed their property, and the massive granite mountain remained untouched for 36 years.

In 1958, the state of Georgia purchased the mountain and the surrounding land. The Georgia General Assembly created the Stone Mountain Memorial Association. In 1960, the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee was composed of six internationally known figures in the world of art. A competition was held, and nine world-renowned sculptors submitted designs for a new sculpture. In 1963, based upon recommendations by the Advisory Committee, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association chose Walker Kirkland Hancock of Gloucester, Massachusetts, to complete the carving. Work resumed in 1964, and a new technique utilizing thermo-jet torches was used to carve away the granite. Chief carver Roy Faulkner, a marine veteran with a talent for using the new thermo-jet torch, was able to remove tons of stone in one day. For over eight years Park guests could see and hear the workmen and their jet torches. The figures were completed with the detail of a fine painting. Eyebrows, fingers, buckles and even strands of hair were fine-carved with a small thermo-jet torch. The carving is actually much larger than it appears from Stone Mountain Park's attractions. Workers could easily stand on a horse's ear or inside a horse's mouth to escape a sudden rain shower. A dedication ceremony for the Confederate Memorial Carving was held on May 9, 1970. Finishing touches to the masterpiece were completed in 1972.

In approximately 1987, the mountain carving was brought to new life with laser technology. On many summer nights the mountain is home to the Lasershow Spectacular [3] which uses popular and classic music to entertain park guests with a large fireworks and laser light display. A highlight of the show comes when the mountain goes dark and lasers outline the carving and then complete it, bringing the men and horses "to life" on the mountain face. The show is a patriotic tribute to the southern United States and the country as a whole. The American Civil War is acknowledged, but the strength of a reunited country concludes the message. The show finishes with the men and horses returning to the carving area where the lasers fade, other lighting is raised and the carving itself is once again revealed for the masterpiece it is.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

 

Can Sculptures and Can Art

Subject: Cans
Architects and engineers compete to see whose team can build the most spectacular structure using little more than cans of food at Construction, the 13th annual NYC Design and Build competition in New York. The exhibit at New York Design Center is open to the public. At the end of the competition on 23 November 2005, the 130,000 cans that are part of the exhibit will be given to the Food Bank of New York City.


Construction is a national charity and has similar competitions each year in over 66 cities throughout the United Statesand
Canada. For more information, visit http://www.canstruction.org/

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http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/recycling-cans-into-art-landmarks-commissioned-by-coca-cola

Recycled Can Landmarks - Coca-Cola Sculptures (GALLERY)

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Exhibition at The Galleria in Houston, TX. View photos here.
www.RedBullArtofCan.
http://www.redbullartofcan.com/?gclid=CM2vu5KP35MCFQSwFQodp3FAXA#config/home.xml



When you contribute a huge amount of waste into the environment, and the world is suddenly aware of the issue, putting a spin on your waste is highly desirable. Coca-Cola arranged for some fine artists to convert their trash into treasures. Putting them on display with a message to reduce, reuse and recycle, Coke hopes to be seen as part of the solution and not the problem.

Artist Sam McGeeverhas recreated iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, Angel Of The North, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and even the Birmingham Bull of Wall Street fame.

The sculptures were originally on display at the original grounds of each landmark, but whether they are still there is not confirmed.

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