Almost 65 years have passed since I was in Germany ( aside from plane transfers on route elsewhere ).  My father was stationed in Germany in the 50’s and we lived in Baumholder and Karlshrue. My sister was born in Karlshrue and my older brother Bill and I had more or less free range, both …

The Great Day- 2015

        Today is as a visiting curator/guide said “your great day”. Ben now has FIRE in the center of his block and so the event will culminate. Both furnaces are prepped and ready to light. All that remains is to move his big mold into place and for me to make my …

Installation of “North Wind”

Ojars directs his crew as they prepare  to move “North Wind” “North Wind” Flying. Ojars checks the sculpture for correct orientation. “North Wind” in place and being secured to the concrete pad! Some work remains to be done to shape and landscape the site, but “North Wind” is finished as far as my part goes, …

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Yesterday, Saturday, June 13 was very productive! The image above shows one of two pieces of laser-cut stainless steel that we  picker up from the shop outside of Riga on Thursday. On Friday, I began the process of bending the sheet and also was able to get the necessary stainless electrodes from a shop in …

Progress on the Big Print front

Ben testing the “Laka” that we found in the local hardware store. Having been told that shellack is only available in small quantity and at great cost. We decided to substitute another type of sealer. When we told Laura and Ojars that we would substitute laquer, the resulting confusion and language difficulties reminded us that …

Monday-Hurry up & wait!

These birds have the right idea. When you can’t fly, take it easy! Actually these ducks were hanging out at the pond near the Poets Stone at Pedvale when we went to get water last Sat. Today Ojars and I were supposed to be going to Riga to get sand , steel and other supplies. …

Talsi Music Festival

Ben, Ojars ,Laura M and I all attended the Talsi Music Festival last night. We first visited the Talsi Art Museum for two exhibition openings and then climbed the hill to this beautiful grove of trees where the festival takes place. As the photo shows, many people were happy to find a spot to put …

Two years and running!

    The flag installation “Small Sun” that Ben and I created in  May of 2013 is still one of the art works on exhibit at Pedvale. Never expected it to last 2 years and running! The deer have grazed through it many times and thousands of visitors have seen it. We will dress it …

Pedvale Cupola

  The big Pedvale Cupola is considerably melted out from last year’s 8,000 lbs. of casting but we won’t reline her. Since we only need about 1000 lbs. for George Beasley’s  “Iron X” we should be fine. Cleaned out the tap and slag holes yesterday and she looks good to go. We are going in …

Pedvale 2015

  Our 2015 season in Pedvale has begun with an opening celebration, preparations of all sorts for a Big Print Symposium, the casting of an Iron Sculpture for the park and other activities. Although I had expected to post every day beginning with our first full day here or on June 1, I have been …