Seascape Relief: Update 10
I'm sitting here with a glass of Garnacha, flush with an overlapping array of amazing emotions. I hung the relief today on my studio wall. This is a momentus occassion for me.
First and foremost it did not come crashing down. Considering how much steel is in the various layers of the work, I was more than a little worried. After putting the buildings in place yesterday, I realized I could no longer pick it up all by myself with my arms stretched out like a giant albatross.
I started to wonder just how massive it was. I brought my scale out today to make sure the heavy-duty mirror hanger I purchased was going to be adequate for the job. The package said it would support 200 pounds. I asked Alex to get my scale from my bedroom and when I got on as I held the relief it added 78 pounds to my weight.
I found a stud on my studio wall and we hung it from there at eye level. I held my hands underneath it as I let go, waiting for it to fall. Nothing happened. I pulled on it. Felt secure. Then I stepped back and took a deep breath.
Words don't really do justice.
It's so different from everything I've created in my life. It's like looking at someone else's work. Even still, I couldn't help but grin. I've gotten so accustomed to seeing it on the studio floor that I was almost giddy to see it on the wall.
As I sipped on my wine tonight, I flipped open my hard-bound sketch book and glanced at my original sketch. It is dated May 19. That means I've gone from concept to completion in 2 months. That's pretty remarkable for me, particularly when you consider I've spent 3 weeks in the Bahamas and week at Pawley's Island with my beasties.
There are so many things I want to say, and I'm not going to write any of them. This is just really a great night for me.