When I first started making “Cities and Towns”, I glued pieces together. Now, I construct the pieces by balancing them against each other- or standing them up on their own.
The city and town rocks are great for workshops because they can be used by individuals and by a group – or groups of people working together.
This is the tallest piece I have made to date. The Heron balances on the base in a lot of different positions- and is easily rotated and repositioned. The Heron’s ruby throat is a good example of the iron balls found throughout Lake Champlain rocks.
This piece demonstrates the good that can come when something breaks in half. The legs formed when a rock I dropped broke in half. Now the halves are glued together and form a whole new whole. Between a Rock and a Hard Place was selected to be in the 2014 Rock Solid Art Show at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT.
Bases and the rocks on top of them need to have a certain alignment with each other. In some cases, its all about balance. In others – it is about shape. And sometimes it is about both. Here its all about the shapes. Wild Thing and her base are totally in sync – on both sides. Please click on the photos to see the details better.
Rocketype – its the word one viewer used to describe my work. He compared the shapes to archetypes because they are universally recognized.
Below are examples of some “Rocketypes”
Howlers, prowlers, bears, cows, sheep, birds, cities and towns, triangles, hearts, squares, hands The shapes are endlessly repeated – yet each rock is as unique as a snow flake.
2 Howlers. Note how the bases mirror the object. Also note the base with the cratered surface. It is possible the craters are some kind of fossil – the rocks on the shores of Lake Champlain are full of fossils – and not all of them are obvious.