Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sculpture on the block and progressing leaf in aperture

©2019 Barry Smith - Wooden cubes cast on the grey traveled sculpture terraces.
Fiona and I walked the native tree section of the terraces in the early cool of this morning. We wanted to plan where we could place some wooden benches, posts, rusty stuff, wooden cubes and wooden posts - points of interest and places to rest and enjoy the trees and birds. We have a plan. So to give ourselves a sense that we had started we decided to "install" 9 wooden cubes on the new sculpture terrace. The cubes are 200mm and 250mm. We wanted them to look as though they had been cast casually into place. As you can see from the photo below the lack of rain has hampered the growth of the agapanthus around the border of the terraces.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Different angle of the cast cubes
Most of my time on Friday and Saturday was given over to painting ceilings - not a favourite thing - hard on neck and shoulders. Still I experimented with how I would drill the wooden apertures and install the silver-plated leaves I spoke of in my Friday blog.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Seed like aperture in timber
A few process photos. The difficulty is drilling a neat hole that needs to have a straight front and an angled back to enable the leaf stem to be slid into the hole on an angle. I have pretty much achieved that but still need to deal with the space around the based of the stem of the leaf form. I might need to use some coloured matched wood filler. I tested the drilling etc process on a good mock up of the timber and aperture.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Adjusting the length of the leaf form to fit the aperture.
©2019 Barry Smith  - Angled hole
©2019 Barry Smith  - Leaf form held in place whilst the glue dries - note the top of the leaf form clears the top of the aperture by about 1.5mm.


  1. the cubes do look intriguing ... especially given that there are no footprints around them

    and I'm equally intrigued by the progress of your latest project


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