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Piece completed for Plains Art Museum S.P.A.C.E. Program.
Like all of my pieces, work starts with sketches, models and material study.
The first of two models.  We needed options for the public to vote and decide what piece they wanted for the museum sculpture pad.  This version features a chimney with a rope going up to a buoy to symbolize a warning or alert for others.  If this version was chosen, the buoy would also double as a swiveling weathervane.
The second of two models.  This piece features a chain and anchor attached to the house, symbolizing roots and stubborn attitudes.
Two options.  The imagery is packed with symbolism.  To make this piece important to the community and the museum, I picked a topic that most people in our area can relate to.  It is common for the Red River Valley to have an annual flood.  With the flood comes death, destruction, defiance and determination.  The overall coffin-style shape of the house symbolizes  death and destruction.  The defiance and determination are built into the anchor and buoy.  The anchor being our roots and resistance to move despite impending doom.  The buoy displays a bright beacon showing that the house remains unmoved.
Construction began with the help of Sculpture professor David Swenson, fellow Sculpture student Alison Buecksler and my good friend Jesse Suppa.  The piece stands 10 feet tall, 4 feet deep and stands on a 4 foot square footprint.
The bolts give the steel structure a marine, implement, manufactured and husky quality that normal house construction cannot offer.
Many long nights spent drilling, tapping, grinding and bolting to get the finish correct.
You couldn't really miss it in the sculpture studio.
Bend, weld, grind, repeat.
Belt sanders make quick work of chunky welds.
Cobbled together but she shined up real nice.
The base will eventually be welded to steel plate.  The plate will be buried in a flower bed or grass to make it look like the anchor has dug in deep.
Powdercoat, final assembly and install complete.
On display May 2012 - May 2015.