Spiegelbild im SpiegelRegular price $3,000.00
This sculpture is called "Spiegelbild im Spiegel". The words mean "Reflection in Mirror in Mirror". The piece is intended to be a reflection of a modern day Amazon warrior.
The name is also a reflection of "Spiegel im Spiegel" by Arvo Pärt, a simple arpeggio on the piano combined with a slow-moving melody line from the violin.
When I began to think about how I could reflect similarity of structure without being exact, I had the idea to reflect my sculpture in an actual mirror and put an embedded image in the mirror as part of my art. This can be a contrast between what you actually see in the mirror and what you want to see in the mirror.
The mirror with the embedded image is mounted on a custom fabricated honey onyx stone so that it can be rotated in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions. You can adjust the reflection as you see fit.
The figurine was cast in natural bronze. Her sword is cast in white bronze. The bronze is polished but has an unadorned natural finish to retain a strong similarity with the etching. The bronze will slowly darken with age.
This is a sister sculpture to my related work "Bronzezeit".
The white bronze includes 58% copper, 1% lead and various amounts of manganese, zinc and aluminum. The natural bronze contains 90% copper and tin.
Bronze, white bronze, brass, honey onyx, granite
37 cm width x 26 cm depth x 30 cm height x 9.0 kg
Sculpture created in 2019.
BronzezeitRegular price $3,000.00
This is a sculpture of a Bronze Age amazon woman that came about because of the remarkable amethyst geode that reminds me of a cave setting.
She is my rendition of someone who is equally at home with a sword and cooking. The contrast of the sword and a cooking pot caught my sense of fancy.
This version of a bronze age woman was cast in natural bronze. Her sword is cast in silicon bronze and plated in nickel. The pot was fabricated from brass and copper. This is a sister sculpture to my other work "Spiegelbild im Spiegel".
The natural bronze contains 90% copper and tin. The silicon bronze contains 95% Cu, 4% Si, 1% Mn.
Bronze, brass, copper, enamel, amethyst, granite
33 cm width x 30 cm depth x 31 cm height x 13.5 kg
Sculpture created in 2020.
Bronze Stagecoach with 4 HorsesRegular price $10,375.00
This sculpture is a bronze cast stagecoach complete with 4 bronze horses with harness.
This stagecoach is meant to be touched and used. It can be detached from the horses and played with as a unique piece of art.
The work was created over 6 months in 2019 as a tribute to the Western culture exemplified by Calgary and Alberta.
I wanted to create a sculpture that would be appropriate for the Calgary Stampede.
The stagecoach doors open and the stagecoach wheels turn. The boxes on top can be opened as can the box on the back of the coach.
The horse pairs can be detached from each other and the stagecoach.
The stagecoach and horses were cast in silicon bronze and given a liver of sulphur patina. The stagecoach wheels and boxes and horse harness were cast in yellow brass. The coach steps were cast with white bronze.
The work is mounted on 2.5 inch thick Santos Rosewood that has been naturally treated and oiled.
The white bronze includes 58% copper, 1% lead and various amounts of manganese, zinc and aluminum. The silicon bronze contains 95% Cu, 4% Si, 1% Mn. The yellow brass has 63% copper, 1% lead, and various amounts of zinc and tin.
Bronze, white bronze, yellow brass, rosewood
60 cm width x 54 cm depth x 25 cm height x 17 kg
Sculpture created in 2019.
Billy Miles MineRegular price $9,300.00
In 2019 I decided to make a few complex works of art with a western theme. This piece is an 1890’s gold mine as might be found in the B.C. Cariboo or the Yukon Klondike gold rush areas.
It first began as a simple casting to build an old ore cart. From this it expanded into a casting for a working ore cart on tracks. Next came a working ore crusher which then required a water wheel with a water tower to power the crusher. A mine office was then created to hold all the mechanics and electronics to operate the system.
The sculpture is designed to be an operating piece of art. It took about 6 months to complete this work.
The piece is predominantly cast from silicon bronze. Some parts such as the crusher gears are cast in yellow brass. All of the bronze metal remains in a natural heat patina colour state from casting.
The ore crusher, a heavy metal ball, is raised by a water wheel to a sufficient height whereupon it falls upon the rock in the crushing box to break it into smaller pieces. The water wheel is powered from water stored in a water tower. Water actually flows and a recirculating system pumps the water back to the tower for reuse.
The ore crusher is externally geared down to provide enough power to raise the heavy crushing ball. The crusher operates with a period cycle of about one crush every 40 seconds. The external gears can be seen to turn when the sculpture is operating.
The actual mechanism to power the mine is maintained in the mine office building. A 6V 5Ah sealed lead acid battery powers the necessary motors and pumps. The battery can be charged with a 9V solar panel or an auxiliary CC/CV power supply. The roof lifts off the mine office for access to the electronics and motors.
The mine office has an external chimney. This chimney can periodically show smoke. A smoke generator that uses glycerine as a fuel and an e-cigarette heating coil generates the smoke. The chimney operates on a timed cycle. Smoke will show for about 40 seconds every 5 minutes.
The crusher operation and the smoke operation can be each independently activated with manual switches. Optionally, timed programmed operation on a recurring daily basis or other periodic basis is also possible. Electronic control circuits and switches located within the mine office are used to program this type of operation.
The mine office door can be opened. The lids to the two ore boxes set near the mine office can also be opened. The top cover to the water tower can be removed to add water to the system and service the float safety switch found within.
The sculpture is securely mounted on a marble slab set within an oak box. The oak has a dark cherry oil finish.
Full operating instructions are provided.
The silicon bronze contains 95% Cu, 4% Si, 1% Mn. The yellow brass has 63% copper, 1% lead, and various amounts of zinc and tin.
Bronze, yellow brass, oak, marble
65 cm width x 40 cm depth x 31 cm height x 22 kg
Sculpture created in 2020.