Towering Interest

towering interest -- steelTowering Interest

My good friend and strudio mate, Judd Nelson, has a CNC plasma cutter. He’s busy making animals and other recognizable sculptures (does a great job – check it out) that leave lots of scraps with lots of great cut outs and shapes. 

Enter me who likes the steel leftovers.  Apply heat. Bend. Weld. Make art.

Size: 70″ x 12″ x 12″

Price: $2800

Maelstrom

maelstrom-on-a-sunny-day-1200Maelstrom

I originally built this as a model several years ago.  Just finished this one for the 2012 SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls, SD.  It will be there beginning May 5, 2012.

This one was so much fun to make.  I got re-acquainted with my oxy-acetylene welding roots.  There’s something really inspiring to making a sculpture that has some size and heft.  I had a blast with Maelstrom and can’t wait to get to Sioux Falls.

My description for the application:

The winds whip along the plains kicking up a dust and debris.  On occasion it will coalesce into a dust devil.  It’s the same physics as a tornado but harmless and interesting.  Maelstrom mirrors that spinning and twisting motion in brushed steel.

Size: 72″ x 48″ x 44″

Price: $5000

 

Leap from the Magnolia

leap from the magnolia -- steelLeap from the Magnolia

When I created this I thought of an orchid.  I saw several at a butterfly garden in Key West and thought about replicating them with my own take.

My father-in-law saw it and said, “nice bird taking off”.  See, art is in the eye of the beholder.

An Art on a Stick piece.

Size: 24″ x 16″ x 7″

Price: $250

Curls and Swirls

key west coral -- steelCurls and Swirls

We went snorkeling in Key West for spring break.  It involved a boat ride out to reef about 7 miles from shore.  Besides seeing a 6′ barracuda, we saw some really fascinating corals.  Thus an artist can find inspiration anywhere, but especially 20 foot down on a coral reef.  Beautiful.

Size: 20″ x 20″ x 18″

Price: Not For Sale

(My wife won’t let me sell this one as it fits perfectly in the kitchen)

Bifurcated Serpentes

Bifurcated Serpentes

A bit of a departure for me from my usual style. I took a glass called “Pinching Giacometti” from Vesper College (great people over there — thanks Dan and Heidi).  It was an interesting experiment to bend without heat. 

I prefer the sweat involved with a scorchingly hot rosebud over lead-infused metal.  But it was a fun class and it expanded my horizons.

Size: 14″ x 16″ x 10″

Price: Not For Sale

Infused Squid

infused-squid-copper-and-glassInfused Squid

This was part of my copper pipe phase. More bending and twisting and heating with an interesting patina.  This one also has fused glass elements I created for a class.

Size: 48″ x 30″ x 9″

Price: $4500

Warrior Pose

warrior pose by craig snyderWarrior Pose

I’ve been a yoga fan for several years now.  I saw these flat disks of metal and saw the beauty of the warrior pose. Give them some heat and some hammer action along with a nice patina and now we have motion and flow.

Size: 38″ x 22″ x 9″

Price: $1800

Hodiak Kobre

Hodiak Kobre

This is one of my favorite pieces.  I like things that look melted and damaged — it helps alleviate the day to day straight lines I have to deal with.

It is a combination of steel and copper on a marble base.

Size: 22″ x 11″ x 6″

Price: Not For Sale