The Memory of Water is a triptych for the City of Grand Rapids. It is our intention to return the “rapids” back to the center of town.
“What would the water remember?” we ask. “A time before man.”
The idea takes shape with pen and paper.
The Memory of Water: The Time Before
10’ (L) x 10’ (W) x 5’(H)
Memory of Water: Rain Becomes
10’ (W) x 10’ (L) x 6’ (H)
The Memory of Water: Ultramarinus
10’ (W) x 42’ (L) x 8’(H)
Site Visit to Revisit Design
Quarry Visit to Inspect Options
Translating models into reality
One of 54 technical drawings needed to determine the radius of each bend in the waves.
Wave Patterns For Reposée
Each Piece Must Be Heated (Annealing)
Each Piece Is Shaped
Rain on the "Waves"
25 Bars Waiting to Recieve Multiple Bends
Waiting for bars...
Bent bars floating on gantry
The last of the bars secured
Heaney the Sculptor's Dog on stand by.
Zen of the Waves
Patinating the sky/sea
Morning in the Studio
One finished. Two more to go.
"The Time Before"
The first of the three. Getting ready to load into the truck for the journey
The second of the three installed in the center of Grand Rapids, 14’ (H)
Teaching Umha Aois (Ancient Bronze Age)
On the bellows
Teaching the next generation forgotten arts
Glow of bronze
Berkley, the Field (Springer) assistant
The final build
Three models guide the process
Much bigger than the model.
It’s the length of 3 cars.
Sculpture frame is constructed, then cut
then loaded onto two flatbeds.
Waves installed onsite
The Water patination
aurealis borealis patination
for the underside. The area is well-known for the lights.
Awaiting its stone benches