Giant S/Steel Man & woman Unity
MY sculpture UNITY symbolizes Man and Woman, united. From one side a man, from the other a woman. Neither dominating, neither facing ďthe right wayĒ, neither more important than the other. Without each, neither would exist. Woman and Man. Not face to face in what could be seen as confrontation, but back-to-back, supporting each other; guarding and looking, like Janus, to the past and to the future for answers to what we are - in essence, in spirit, in part and in whole.
In my many years of sailing around the world in a boat that I built myself, through storm or when becalmed, in port or in high seas, I have seen this duality - this one-ness. And not just in gender, but in race and creed. The first and most important rule is that we are equal. We share a common past and a common future. Without each other, we are flotsum. A bare deck awash with salt. Without each other, we sink. Are lost.
But UNITY is more than just a steel sculpture proclaiming this one-ness. UNITY is built from recycled materials. Cast off pieces of failed equipment renewed and grown tall, resilient and robust. UNITY looks like the future, but is built from the past. It is a sculpture of hope. UNITY reflects the sky and the earth - every part of the environment - becoming the world around it like a mirror image might become part of our own selves. UNITY does not corrode, nor Breakdown, for it is enduring, as we would want our own world to be.
Spider in mind
How did it come about? I was standing next to my workbench and this spider like shape landed at my feet, and died. Thinking of entering a sculpture show, this death at my feet took on another shape. Looking for parts, I started with the body - a street light. The head was part of a rotisserie, and the legs where back to back deck seats. The feet are part of a milk separator, adding the springs that hold your radio antenna. With a little workmanship and a diligent set off hands, she came alive. Watch out, if you see her about....
By Dave Thurston
S/Steel Giant Lady
Median in Love
She walked in to my life, like a rushing wave in a storm. A quick double take in my mind,
it was love at first sight. "Legs that waved at you, turned up tits". I felt weak, scrawny and shameful. "For what?" I think! For she now had a mate. This is how it happened, not a mistake. She showed me I could build her on my back. That day I had been in the scrap yard and saw two s/steel flues that became her tits. Adding the rest, we became BEST mates!
Median and Captain bounded in love
Unity 05 By Dave Thurston
The Old Cow
Where ever I go, I am always looking for interesting materials to sculpture with - the cheaper the better. On this day, I was out the back of a truck shed. I spotted an old trench digger chain and pulled it out. "What are you doing?" a voice asked. "Finding stuff for a sculpture" I said. Then holding up the dirty, rusty, broken chain I asked "Do you need this?" The man said "You can have it". (Thanks mate) The Old Cow was born......
The Stegosaurus By Dave Thurston
Breast Bow Tie and Head
Bow tie and bare tits suggest a sardonic centre fold page in a Playboy. I did notice that most men, and women, fondled her tits in the making...
Unity in the making, By Dave Thurston
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