Anatomy of my Work

It is hard to convey what it is I do in my work, particularly because it is so difficult to show the three dimensionality in a photo.  Somehow, a photo of a statue seems more easily seen as a three dimensional structure.  So I thought I would give a more step by step portrayal of my latest work, “Cornering the Gold Market”.

Obviously the beginnings come from the design which seems very simple at first look.  It is a square with thirty seven equally spaced points on each side.  The number was chosen so there was room for the heads of the screws, and so that the total number of screws of any two sides would be seventy three, a prime number.

Then that pattern is placed upon a half inch thick piece of Plexiglas and you spend several hours drilling the one hundred and forty four holes for the screws.  After taping the back of the Plexiglas to protected it and hold in the screws, you then begin threading each corner.

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First Corner

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Second Corner

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Third Corner

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Forth Corner First Layer Done

Well, that is one layer, winding a thread around each of seventy three screws in a particular pattern once for each corner.  One layer.

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Another 4 corners – Layer Two

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Layer Three and Four

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And More and More

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And More And More And More And More And More
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Adjusting the Threads

Then add a few more layers, Make sure all the wraps around all the screws for each layer are on pretty much the same thread of the screw,

Tie off, secure, and cut all 47 threads, pull of the blue tape and turn it over.

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And just in case you think this is an easy process. This is the remains of all the times I finished a corner, tied it off, cut it, and then found a mistake.  That does not count the twenty to twenty-five times I found a mistake and had to wind all the thread back onto the spool and start over.

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Mistakes

 

 

From design to completion, this took me well over a month, including some of the most frustrating days of my adult years. But it is a work of which I am most proud.