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Via Regia,Prepped by ou8nrtist2 Via Regia,Prepped by ou8nrtist2
I finally finished polishing "Via Regia"(and making a new base) for it's install in the ArtWalk Show in Napa tomorrow.

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Welded stainless steel recycled flites from a food conveyor auger-height 5'
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional
sweet job
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional
Thanks Bear.
The piece is about to go back to Napa to be displayed outside LIKEN GALLERY.I've made a new 400lb concrete base for it and and a bolting arrangement that uses a special wrench so it's harder to steel.These are some of the dumb things you have to think about for public display of sculpture,vandalism,theft,and earthquake...
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional
good for you


We had to wield some of ours down when I work for the bronze foundry
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
It's stunning. Only problem is that it cries out to be touched, which will mean extra polishing!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional
Ha! No doubt...
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:iconbronze4u:
bronze4u Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Artist
Nice piece!
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional
Thank you...
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:iconbronze4u:
bronze4u Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Artist
NP! Awesome creations here! GREAT WORK!
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:iconbronze4u:
bronze4u Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Artist
NP! Awesome creations here!
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely gorgeous! Here's yet another of your works that I would love to see, and touch, in person.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional
Thank you kindly Joseph.
It's in a one year display in downtown Napa ,California.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ok. What will happen to it after that? Back to you?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional
Well,
Of course I'm hoping it will sell,either to a private client or even to the city of Napa itself,but failing that,it will return (in April) to my 3 acre sculpture garden at my residence.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I hope they opt to keep it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional
Me too...
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:iconchacogranite:
Chacogranite Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Stephan, I am more and more amazed with each passing piece. Awesome sir.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
Thank you Dean.
You honor me...
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:iconchacogranite:
Chacogranite Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
No, thank you.
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:iconfireboar:
FireBoar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
nice
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
thank you Robert...
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:iconvonzott:
vonzott Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning! Love how it seems to shimmer.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
Hey stranger,
Thank you...
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subtronik Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Fine art.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
Thank you Sub.
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bruno999 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful. I love the flow of the work. Are you getting some kind of parabolic reflection, there? It looks like you are standing right up on the piece, taking the picture.

I live on a hill that can be accessed by coming down another hill, about a half mile away. I want something like this, in my yard, that will reflect the sun back at that hill, defying any attempts at ignoring my house!

Also, my company has been a subcontractor for a company that makes Stainless Steel truck parts. The individuals that did all of the polishing had arms like tree trunks. I can imagine "frequent breaks" were never TOO frequent.

Again, great work that always makes me think. I love it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
Thank you Bruno,
I wasn't that close to the sculpture when photographing it(maybe 10 feet) but those are reflections (of the sky) I think.
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FriendlyButterfly Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! It's perfectly symmetrical, absolutely amazing!! :clap:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
Thank you Jessie,
I'm from Castine,Maine originally.
My father taught at Haystack several times.
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FriendlyButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's wonderful! I love Haystack it is such a beautiful place! Great people, great working/learning environment and great food! :iconsmile--plz:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
You should have seen it in 1973...LOL
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FriendlyButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha Yeah... I wasn't born yet or even thought of... I think my folks were in middle school or high school that year! LOL Last time I was at Haystack I purchased Discovery 50 years of Craft Experience at Haystack. I flipped through the back of the book (just today in curiosity) in the chronology section and went through the faculty section I found your father! That's so cool! Haystack is such an amazing school, I was hoping to attend this summer but financially said otherwise. Maybe next year! :D
Take care Stephen! Keep up the amazing work! :glomp:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional
Thanks Kiddo,
You take care as well...
I doubt I'll get back to Maine again this summer unless some fat commission falls in my lap,(always a possibility).
So please have a lobster for me,I'm jonesing Big Time...
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FriendlyButterfly Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Okie Dokie! :iconblush--plz:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional
Oh by the way.
Here's a link to an image of one of my old man's works in downtown Bangor.

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:iconnodis:
nodis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Entrancing, I would love to spend a day meditating with this as the focus, Brilliant fluidity.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
It'll be in Napa for a year,
and it's a good location for meditating.
Maybe a bit busy there during the day.
Napa has built a beautiful promenade on one side of the river with luxury hotels,boutique shops and cafes.
I haven't been to the exact location yet but I've seen videos of the site taken by my assistant. It looks like the best spot in the show...
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nodis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
very nice!, I cant wait to see the installation, you truly have a gift with metal, you give it soul and warmth.
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
It went very smoothly.
Now I can relax for a couple of days...
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:iconnodis:
nodis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
enjoy your relaxation, you deserve it
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
Thank you,
I am...LOL
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Another excellent piece of work, dude.
Should be well received.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
I've tried to address every contingency.
We'll see if my homework pays off this afternoon.
I had them cast a matching bolting ring into the concrete base block.
So theoretically all I'll need to do is set my piece over the bolts and cinch them down with my special convex capped nuts and custom wrench. So the nuts can't be removed with conventional tools...
The piece will be up for a year ,outside,so I've tried to make it difficult to steal...
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Pretty sad, when you think of it. But I can definitely understand why you'd want to go to such lengths to protect your work.

:fingerscrossed:
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
It went without a hitch.
Install in 5 minutes,definitely a record of some sort...
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Thing go that easy for me, I worry for days, why. Know what I mean? I'll keep a good thought, though.
It looks pretty Farm Out, though.
Think you can swell your chest in pride, just a bit. You earned it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
Thanks.
I did my homework is all.
Lots of visualization and many strategic measurements.
Plus I had a close friend oversee the casting of my bit of hardware into the pedestal block,so the contractor placed it in the proper orientation and depth.That little piece made all the difference in the world.And the three bolts are in an exact equilateral triangle so even if they messed up I'd have at least three positions I could put the sculpture in on the block.
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
wow....i'd like to see it in place....
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
You will...
I'm going to try to take pictures today at the install.
And I'll for sure post on Artmetal.com if not here as well...
I redid the base on this piece and I'm hoping it will provide a more seamless flow for the eyes in the overall composition. Guess I'll find out soon enough...
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artistladysmith Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
looking forward to the post :)
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:iconou8nrtist2:
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional
I've posted the installed piece on DA.
But I think I might post a few more on ArtMetal.
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