Flight Studies

Taking a break from putting together the piece for the Kingsbrae Garden. Here are some snaps of the development of the series. The initial sketch was sleek and simple. I tried several approaches but was dissatisfied with how the material was moving or my lack of hammer control or tooling. At a future date, I’ll need to build some forms to sink sheet metal to create the hotdog body shape. Ended up working with isosceles triangles to create the bird body (and the wings for the pieces pictured). Lots of alternate ways the triangles can be assembled.

The first finished piece is a bit rougher than the sketch, but more powerful and predatory. It’s behind the Lakeside Retreat Hall at White Point. I’m very pleased with it’s impact and the setting is way cool. Installing was a bitch, though. Learned a lot about shaping on site and drilling holes into granite boulders while straddling atop said rock. I’ll post a close up next time I’m out that way.

several “failed” approaches.

Isosceles triangles rock!

wings clamped on, preparing to drill holes in body.

tail feathers wings

2 of 3 legs

Site prior to clearing sight lines and installation of piece.

Flight Study: Ternish May 3rd 2018, w artist Alexa Jaffurs. photo by Franz Fraitzl

1 comment to Flight Studies

  • Franz Fraitzl

    Hello Alexa, was happy to help. I appreciate your mentioning me taking your picture.
    Just putting two and two together in regards of Kingsbrae Garden. What a small world we live in.

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