Glenn has done a lot of work for Brad and Tracy. Actually we both have been involved in their recent home renovation. At a counterpoint in their professions, time and effort outside of that work is finely paired, and their home is a unique expression of their movement in the world. This is the way you are supposed to live. Feather your nest with stuff that helps define you as a person. Act on the stage of that theater; you will feel harmony.
As their boy worked through scouting, they earned “advanced degrees” as well. Their personal universe is built around the natural world, pulling symbolism from old Indian ways, to which of course the Boy Scouts is more than a little indebted. Arrows, spirals, rays of sun play in their personal iconography. The three images above show details of a mosaic “frieze” I did for their sun room utilizing symbols from the Boy Scouts and Indians of the Northwest. The third detail features an abstracted portrait of the family. The mosaic is just under the 10 foot ceiling on three walls, and little china bird collectibles found at the flea market are used in several places (I think there is one in the middle of the triangle of arrows in the third image, and top and center in the first image).
The materials used in the house as you might imagine are floor stone, lots of it, fine woods, light and dark, both as structure and as object. Look at nature and wonder how we think we can improve upon it! Maybe we can simply organize these wonderful raw materials to do specific jobs. Glenn has fabricated a limb with branches to help deter rainwater from puddling in the wrong place.
This steel limb has maple leaves that can be twisted to usher the rainwater into a better spot.
Above is another steel sculpture Glenn did for Brad and Tracy’s home. It is a life sized fox and bird, with the fox heated to a reddish color and the bird towards blue.
Recently they acquired a huge ancient pot. More than a thousand years old, they needed a display device to secure it in a home environment. Tracy bought a deer skin to use for cushioning material. The structure incorporates symbols of the sun and arrows used by Indians. The arrows will contain the pot.
Arrows keep the pot from moving sideways, and embrace its middle. The triangular base lends stability.
The hide covers parts of the armature that nobody wanted to see in addition to its cushioning of the pot.
All these natural materials present a lovely almost monochrome composition which contains amazing textural variety. They are happy, Glenn is happy. But know what? I am not going anywhere near that pot!