I've made some sculpture in various classes and on my own and will be pursuing a variety of interests, including topography as art, iron and bronze casting, ferrocement, and welding projects. Here's a sampling of some projects to date.
Topography As Art
While working on the A-B Tech topographic map project, I showed Pete Kennedy one of the maps in an intermediate stage where it had been rough carved with a square end tool, resulting in a stepped contour (before the final stage where a hemispherical tool is used to carve the rounded contours). He liked the intermediate stage so much that I decided to pursue that as the end goal for some realistic and artistic pieces. One result of that is the topo lips, but I've also used some interesting real topography from the area around Asheville. By focusing in on details like a valley floor with a stream channel (below left in cedar), a peak with a stream channel on three sides (below right in unfinished high-density urethante), or other interesting topography, I've found an area that will be fun to explore. So far, I've carved models mostly in high-density urethane, but I'm exploring various ways of rendering these forms. The topos below are from the Asheville watershed near Black Mountain.
During a sculpture class outing to a local junkyard, I came upon some cutoff pieces of small I-beams and quickly started collecting various sized pieces to build a ladder (one of those recurring themes!). I sandblasted the pieces and beveled the tips where the pieces are welded together. Finally, I spritzed a mix of hydrogen peroxide and salt on the ladder to get instant rust.
Coffeepot Wire Sculpture
One of the assignments in a 3D design class at UNC Asheville was to make a wire sculpture. My first exposure to wire sculpture was an incredible Calder exhibit at SF MOMA (it was the beginning of my appreciation of the wonderful world of modern sculpture), so I was very intrigued by this project. I chose a classic design for my model -- a Farberware coffee percolator. Using several different wire sizes and types, I was able to make a somewhat sturdy and very recognizable coffee pot complete with heating element and power cord featuring copper accents.