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Learned This Week Archives ~ Searles Sculptures

Sphere Sculpture Designs

Icosidodecahedron

Icosidodecahedron

I worked on two different designs to build a sphere sculpture today: a truncated icosahedron  (on the left) and an intricately woven projected rhombic dodecahedron (below and right). They were both concepts I started last summer. Both were made with 1/8″ aluminum. The truncated icosahedron is made with thirty 12″ x 4″ rectangles riveted together with 120 rivets and is 24″ high.

Sculpture Workshop 3-16-2012

Sculpture Shop Time Management Tool

Sculpture Shop Time Management Tool

 Sculpture Workshop: Time

Chess Clock – ever wonder how much time you are actually in the shop? Wondering why your projects are taking so long to finish? It is very easy to take a restroom break, grab another cup of coffee, do an email quote, return a phone call – suddenly an hour has gone by. This clock will keep you honest.

Learned This Week: 2-15-2012

large landscape sculptures

Pas de Deux 1
112″h x 30″w x 30″d

It’s been a very busy month in the sculpture shop. I am only working on one project, a slightly smaller version of my Pas de Deux sculpture design. I am trying to keep careful account of the time required so that I can more accurately price these sculptures. Looks like it’s going to end up being about 80 hours. It is a pleasure to work on only one project. I am naturally a high-focus person and, when I am trying to do too many projects at once, I can feel like the Linda Blair character in the first Exorcist movie (1973), with my head spinning around. Multi-tasking  can be very exhausting but sometimes it’s the only choice, running several tests and procedures, in the sculpture shop, one after another.