Dreaming About The Celestial Mountain

Started by Dune, March 12, 2019, 02:33:37 am

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Dune

The original idea was to just do some distant views without the head in view. The head was an afterthought to get a bit more realistic topviews.

sboerner

Or if there is a maquette perhaps it could be scanned?

Evocative sculpture and setting. Would be nice to visit.

j meyer

Thanks to both of you. :)

Celestial - Did you sculpt the head at that size (15ft) or was it done at a smaller scale
and then scaled up and casted? And is there any footage of that process, maybe?
Just curious.

Celestial

Quote from: j meyer on March 13, 2019, 02:00:30 pm
And is there any footage of that process, maybe?
Just curious.


No footage, but I can dig out an old external drive with photos of the process. I made the head in clay - six tons of un-fired brick.  I'll have a root around and find photos of that and the casting process. 

Celestial

I haven't got the hang of how to attach images in the body of a post, but I'll give it a go

This is the clay master finished, ready to have the mould taken.

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This was for a different project, but it gives a better idea of how it was done.

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Here's the mould, ready to be removed

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This is the mould with the concrete being poured. 

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There's a set of steps leading to the labyrinth, with seven verses of a poem describing the preparations necessary for a successful journey.  Each verse was cast separately.

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Here's the head being lifted into position on the hillock

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Celestial

Years ago I saw a documentary about Mongolia, and there was mention of the Celestial Mountain.  I loved the name, but was never able to find it on maps.  Turns out the range is called Tian Shan.  So...I was thinking about journeys you never make except in your imagination, that's where the name of the work, the sleeping face and the labyrinth leading to it came from.  It's a bit difficult to see now that the slopes form a labyrinth, but they did originally. 

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j meyer

Wow, cool, thank you very much. :)

It's very refreshing to see that kind of sculpture been done without computer
controlled machinery. Impressive amount of clay you dealt with, respect.
Nice project and explanation, thanks again.

sboerner

Even more impressive after seeing the process. What a project - thank you for sharing the photos.

bobbystahr

Wow, an earthwork and a sculpture...I'm doubly amazed. well done for sure sir!
something borrowed,
something Blue.
Ring out the Old.
Bring in the New
Bobby Stahr, Paracosmologist

Dune

Great to see these photo's, Agnes. Thanks. My respect for your work!

Celestial

Quote from: j meyer on March 13, 2019, 02:58:35 pm
It's very refreshing to see that kind of sculpture been done without computer
controlled machinery.


It was good fun - you can see from the second photo that I hung knotted ropes from the rafters so I had something to hold on to while climbing around on top, without falling off all the time - it gets very slippery as it nears completion. 

I based the earthwork roughly on the Cretan labyrinth 
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Just distorted, simplified and elongated the shape. I did this in Bryce

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(you can see why I asked Dune to do the 3D images of the earthwork now, I've never been able to get to grips with CG 3D except in the most basic way)

The labyrinth was meant to be formed by earth and stone walls, but the Parks Department had a lot of bad earth, spoil from roadworks that they wanted to get rid of, so I was persuaded that I didn't really want walls, I wanted terraces  :-\   ???  >:(  ;D

j meyer

Hopefully the labyrinth can be emphasized by some well placed veggies then.

Celestial

Your non-cg 3D work is amazing, I'm dumbfounded! 

bobbystahr

Quote from: bobbystahr on March 13, 2019, 11:27:28 pm
Wow, an earthwork and a sculpture...I'm doubly amazed. well done for sure sir!



ooops I see from Dune's post I'm being a bit chauvinistic..sorry for 'sir-ing' you Agnes heh heh...
something borrowed,
something Blue.
Ring out the Old.
Bring in the New
Bobby Stahr, Paracosmologist