The prompt of this work was to reflect on the music of the musical group, Russian Renaissance, and the architecture of the PAC (Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi). Upon hearing the prompt, and the limitations of the material I had available to use, I had to think quickly about how the material could be manipulated to emulate the spiral that I saw in my mind. I drew out some rudimentary sketches while listening to the group, and then I visited the PAC again to see how the sculpture could fit in with the space. I drew upon my own personal work which reflects on the change in DNA and the crazy, unexpected turns that life sometimes takes. I thought that this sculpture could fit well within that theme.
I got to work building some maquettes out of cardboard when I was pretty settled on a few ideas to work from. I had finally figured out how I could make the metal conform to the forms I wanted to build. Once I had worked out the puzzle of the initial maquettes, I became more dedicated to the idea of two spirals connecting. I cut the flat metal into equal parts and spent many hours mig welding. I also chose a very raw, solid cylinder for the base which I had to drill through and bolt my spirals onto. After everything was assembled, I had to grind down any rough edges because I hadn't realized that my metal was still quite sharp even after the initial grinding I had done.
Overall, I am quite happy with the way that this sculpture manifested. I learned a lot about metal, welding, and my own perseverance. I do wish that the sculptural base had not been an afterthought, but due to time constraints, I really had to go with something that would benefit the sculpture quickly. Even though this base was a quick, last minute addition, it did give me plenty of hardship because of the difficulty it takes to drill through steel. However, I think that the base works well and I absolutely love the raw, visceral quality of the steel. The concept that the steel will never be the same - while always changing - goes perfectly with the idea of the changing of the wind and time, as well as the change through music in the air. I also love how it mimics a DNA strand.
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