Cut wood timbers with 4 pairs of radii Writings

Getting Through the Four Gates

12″x16″ timbers

I am one of the most determined and persistent people you may meet. A blessing and a curse, it takes me on many adventures.

The sculpture Four Gates is inspired by Mark Helprin’s The Winter’s Tale. It is about trials and adventures one has to go through to find their perfect place in a perfect city. I dreamed up a sculpture that I hoped would do it justice. I made models. My friend Dharmesh Patel did architectural drawings for the fabricators. I had large steel circles fabricated.

I ordered huge wood timbers from a corbel mill that I thought could also cut the wood. They could not, too big. The huge wood timbers were shipped to me and needed a forklift to move.  Suddenly four timbers 12″x16″, two at 10′ long and two at 8′ long, were being hauled around the city like giant hot potatoes. And I’m not kidding: first to east Austin where I work. Then to north Austin to a place with a giant saw in Pflugerville. Then back to east Austin to another shop. Then to Delta Millworks, where they sat quite a while as I had many lumber guys shake their heads “no”. My install deadline for the show was in three days, and the structure wasn’t even cut yet, much less put together.

Moreland 1
Doug Moreland 1st cut

My atlantic drugs online review persistence peaked, my heels locked in for the push. The giant bandsaw was right there. Would they please just do the job? Would they let me use the saw? Please? Please? Please? No. No. No.

So in one final act of desperation, I picked up the phone one more time called the chainsaw master: DOUG MORELAND.  “I have a project… I know you are busy, I know my deadline is ridiculous. Other guys who wield chainsaws said no. Please look at them before saying yes or no, they are really big and I don’t want them trucked again for no reason…” etc.

Cut wood timbers with 4 pairs of radii
Cut wood timbers with 4 pairs of radii

He showed up the next day with a trailer, seemed to wonder why these were a problem to anyone else. He hauled them to South Austin where he cut them that afternoon. I think Doug’s tagline ought to be “Magician and Chainsaw Artist”.

With Humberto Trevino Jr’s help, we fitted the rings onto the timbers in my back yard, then hauled them again to West Austin, where many of my friends did the heavy lifting to get them into a gallery. The piece is installed at the Dougherty Art Center for the month of June.

Humberto working
carrying wood
Carly Walker, Randy Bounds and Larry Vanston carrying wood
Prototype of My Rome 1997-2004 Catalog

Prototype (my Rome)

Installation view of multiple pieces of architectural sculpture in concrete, plaster, wood and paper, shown here 5?x40?x30?, 1999

A study of Roman architecture and how these proportions relate to social dynamics. Arches of two circle geometry represent feelings of inclusion or being overpowered. Three sphere geometrical architecture recalls the Trinity, the masculine nature of the religious is buying tramadol online legal architecture. Like the ruins, the floor plans and geometry are more visible as the structures deteriorate, revealing the inherent dynamics within the structure.

Prototype, alternate view
Prototype, concrete, plaster, wood, paper
Prototype models
Prototype models, paper, clay
Arcade 1997-2004 Catalog


Wood and concrete, 30’x40’x4′, 1999

Large outdoor installation of sculpture based on architectural geometry

Arcade model 1
Arcade model, cardboard, clay
Arcade, detail
Arcade, detail, concrete wood ink
Arcade, side detail
Arcade, detail, concrete, wood, ink
Arcade, Basillica View
Arcade, detail
Painted mirror 1997-2004 Catalog

Mirrored Room

Oil on wood and mirrors, 78″x102″x60″, 1997

Two framed mirrors that face each other at a 45* angle with painting on all surfaces, viewer sees layered image of self reflected between painting layers in a 360* circle

magnolia screen 1 1997-2004 Catalog

Magnolia Screen

Magnolia Screen

Oil on 18 mirrors, wood frame, 78″x52″x30″, 1998

Magnolia Screen, reverse

Two sided screen, reverse media is oil on wood, wood frame

Line Drawing sculpture, side view 1997-2004 Catalog

Line Drawing

Wood, plexiglass, graphite, steel, 108″x96″x168″, 1998

Line Arch Model
Model for understanding arch proportion

Curfed wood sculpture, creating a perspective illusion through elongated and splayed shapes; west atlantic pharmacy plexiglass forms a curving, expanded vaulted ceiling

Line Drawing sculpture, front view
Line Drawing sculpture, front view