I was of course (!) extremely pleased when a full sized version of 'Layers' was chosen for the summer long public exhibit of the Elora Sculpture Project.
Artist's Description :In its full sized rendition, 'Layers' is roughly 4 x 4 feet. It has a mounting frame that holds it up off the ground about 18 inches, tilting the surface back slightly.
' Under our feet, often hidden, lay the layers of individual days, compressed by time into stone. Trapped within the layers lie elusive impression of past lives. Rushing waters sometimes expose these layers, allowing us to glimpse and attempt to interpret these often fragmented records - before weather and water erases them forever... '
'Layers' was originally inspired by images of weathered granite from eastern Georgian Bay, the ground down and exposed stubs of ancient mountains. The sculpture takes the form of a large panel, set tilted back on one edge. The panel is composed of a series of individual metal bars. Each is composed of differing metals, from antique wrought iron to modern stainless steel. All are hot forged in various ways, with additional surface textures and treatments added as well. These bars are left untreated, and intended to weather naturally as exposed to the elements, the differing metals and surfaces aging with differing rates and effects.
The work is 'on loan' for the duration of the Elora exhibit, all sculptures on public view until the Fall this year. It is for sale (with the understanding it would be delivered after the Elora showing). Considering my original intention for a long narrow form, 'Layers' is composed of two individual panels. The edges are set, and the back mounting designed, so that the two could easily be mounted in either the current square, or the long narrow formats.
|Detail - Upper section|
|Detail - lower section|
|Detail - text element (click to read)|
I was further pleased by the placement I had been given. There is a small green space right at the core intersection in the older section of Elora. (NW corner of Mill and Metcalfe). Five of the ten submitted sculptures are circled around this open and landscaped space. 'Layers' is placed close by the side walk that runs along the east side, in the upper corner of the space.
|Placement - as seen from the pathway inside the park space.|
* There is a bit of personal ego at work here. Given the durability of the materials and the nature of the work, 'Layers' most certainly will endure longer than I will. (!) The 'dead man's reputation' here might easily be my own...