Sandstone lips, slight smile, a bit sexy.
Maryann and myself went the quarry and picked out the right block. Maryann wants a lips sculpture, and I have suggested a burgundy sandstone. We had a good time going to the quarry in northeast Ohio, through Amish country. It was a beautiful Fall day.
I carved a 1/2 scale model in styrofoam before beginning anything in the stone.
After drilling a series of holes, I put in the pins and feathers and split off the excess. Yes, it’s a damn nice drill.
I enlarged the apex points of the model to create the drawing. The dark color on the pencil lines is the hair spray I use to secure the pencil line; otherwise it will blow away when I blow the dust off the stone as I carve it.
I have drilled and cut and chiseled in a good bit. All is well.
Carving complete. I’m going to miss those lips.
To hold the lips above grass level so they seem to float over the lawn, I made a stainless steel “shadow” of the lips. This will also keep plants from growing under it.
Floating over a stainless steel plate on stainless pins, the piece will be placed in a meadow setting, and will appear to float just over the ground, always, all seasons, long, long, long. A slight smile, recorded. Thanks Maryann!