CONCEPTS FOR THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS
No how matter hot, Palm Springs is always cool.
Looking like Greek gods ready to hit the pool, these icons will beckon visitors and grace the city with their classic glamour.
Always Cool began a few months ago. Having recently created a large Roman Mercury sculpture, I was exploring the space between classic figures and lighter works. My art often flows between serious and fun: from POW Monuments and Hollywood portraits to Homer Simpson busts and goggled-eyed swimmer Tots. I began experimenting with computer mash-ups of Tots and museum scans of ancient works.
I became captivated by variations of Venus de Milo and Marcelles: their poses are amazing; their drapery could be towels; Marcelles’ hand interaction with his shades was perfect. I felt a bit odd about copying other sculptures until I learned that Marcelles (20 BCE) was actually a Roman appropriation of an earlier Greek Hermes (Mercury!). It was meant to be.
Materials: Depending on the scale and budget, these would be made of stainless steel, fiberglass or bronze. My material of choice is usually 316L stainless steel with hand brushed and selective mirror polish. It’s bright and modern.
Other: Besides completing the sculpting, I’m considering making some slight changes to the swimwear and adding pool sandals.
Whether these become life-size, relatable, photo-opp friends or powerfully huge celebrations of art, they will always be cool.
Sometimes you just need to float.
Blue skies, cool water, and a bright, shiny baby in a float tube.
I envision this sculpture on a clean, rectangular pedestal. Or as a fountain element with water flowing from under the tube and down the sides.
More Commission examples HERE