Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Earth Huggers and Underground Sculpture

I need to take a side trip from integration software!

It's really hard to keep up with my favorite physicist-turned-artist. Actually he's always been an artist, and once a physicist, there's no turning back. Pat Monk told me about his Earth Huggers sculptures last night. These are 16G stainless steel, each 32 by 48 inches. You can see from the pictures that they are embedded in the ground and make inviting "ground pieces." Ground pieces? Well, if you talk about "wall pieces," why not talk about ground pieces, although no one I know ever does.

Pat went on to tell me about his newest phase, which he calls "Underground Sculpture." If you check the link above, you may see a picture of one called "Double Mushroom" under construction. He told me that he's nearly done now, and that he inverted it and will bury it a couple of feet, so just the mushrooms will be above ground. I'm a little worried that he will go off the deep end and create beautiful sculptures that will have to be unearthed in order to to see them. Sounds crazy, but I know this man.

A few years ago he had an "unsculpture" phase. He very creatively disposed of some of his older sculptures by deconstructing them in all sorts of ways. He hid one inside a big cast concrete fish. (I have the fish, but don't remember what's inside. I think there's a picture somewhere, though.) Another was a life-sized carved wood woman that he took horizontal cross-sections from and re-assembled as a table top, which he covered with glass. Actually that one was very nice.

One of my favorites of Pat's sculptures is a stainless steel piece about 18 inches long, shaped like an elongated teardrop. The pointy end is in the ground with a steel plate around it. He claims it's the switch that he throws to get the earth on track each vernal and autumnal equinox.

Pat's my father, so I believe everything he tells me.

1 comment:

  1. Pam,

    It is nice to see you posting about this wonderful and amazing person. I had an opportunity to meet him in person early this year and really enjoyed his works. Here are some of the pictures that I have taken at his 'garden'