Coming Apart

As discussed, this “Broken Zeus” piece is a larger piece. Larger works are very gratifying to build but I have to pay careful attention to the structure as these get pretty heavy very quickly. I also have to give a lot of thought to seeing if I can make these works modular. If I can construct a Foundling to come apart, it is easier to work on, to hang, and to transport. It came as a rather rude awakening that the first large piece I was working on wasn’t going to fit in the car. If it doesn’t fit in my car, then it means having to get a rental truck any time I want to show the work. So I had to go back and think how I could get the piece to come apart (and easily put back together).


In addition to the mechanical problem of how a piece is going to fit together is the aesthetic problem of making the pieces fit together in such a way that the seams are either hidden or only add to the overall design.


With the help of my dear friend Dave, “Broken Zeus” will not have to come apart but at approximately four feet tall the structure is on the heavy side. I count on Dave to help make these structurally sound. Here, the base that will hold the Zeus head is reinforced with a good, solid piece of wood to hold this all together. Thanks Dave.



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