Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cascade of leaves completed

The weather has been exceptional on the mountain - beautiful sunshine, so for Fiona and I there was a little less time for art and a little more time spent on the block doing catchup yard work including some serious heavy pruning of trees. This tends to be a pretty big job given the number of fruiting trees on our block

Still I did want to complete the 5 cascades of leaves that would make up the Cascade of Leaves installation for Goondiwindi art show-exhibition. I had to cut, fold, form and beat about another 30 leaves from the recycled anodised aluminium lids etc to give me enough variety of colours and shapes. But the piece is done as you can see from the series of photos below.

Barry Smith © Cascade of leaves - 5 cascades - looking up from floor
Barry Smith © Cascade of leaves - single cascade - looking up
Barry Smith © Cascade of leaves - several cascades - looking up
Barry Smith © Cascade of leaves - 5 cascades - looking through
Barry Smith © Cascade of leaves - 5 cascades - looking through
And I made a brief, but pretty boring, video to just give those interested an idea of what it looks like with a bit of movement; and from a couple of angles. The full installation looks best if you can walk around it - photographing it front on tends to give the impression that it is cluttered and not a light float of leaves.

video

Mini video of Cascade of leaves (56seconds)

As you can see from the photos it is hanging from the ceiling of my 'clean studio' with an old sheet as the back drop. The ceiling and wall has suffered for my art - screw-hangers and tack holes. The floor shot gave me the opportunity to check the layout of the hangers.

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful mobile sculptures with colored leaves, are sensational, in the wind. Greetings.

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  2. Like the movement...does it move with a bit of air flow?

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  3. they look fabulous in a group B. i can almost hear rustling!! such a delightful installation piece ... reminds me of meadows, autumn, youth, and a fairytale ending :)

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  4. I like the way they move, Barry.

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  5. Beautiful leaf mobiles.... I can hear their sweet sound. I bow to you oh master leaf maker! I'll have to start looking for those old anodized pots and pans over here.

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  6. B - looks like autumn leaves are falling all hanging together. K

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  7. These just make me smile .......... a lovely autumn joy.

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  8. I haven't visited in a while and you've been doing some great works. Love your moving leaves, Barry...I can hear them whisper in the wind:)
    Awesome!

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  9. L, VA, LT, JM, SZQ, V, SB, K & GB - these are fun things that I think both adults and children will enjoy - reminds us so much of the quiet movement and rustling of leaves in the trees. L - the colours work well - thanks. VA & JM - they are very light so move with the slightest breeze. SZQ - they tinkle. Do you have anodised aluminium lids or storage containers over your way - someone said they thought it might just be an Australian-English thing. SB - glad the autumn colours etc brought a smile. GB - good to have you visit again and thanks for the comment. All - go well and create well. B

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Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.