Concrete Sculpture Day 1

Every winter Ivan Higgins of Cosby’s Garden Centre/Concrete Creations empties out a greenhouse and hosts a concrete sculpture workshop. This year the group was markedly reduced due to Covid restrictions and I was happy score a place.

The greenhouse.

The first day was spent cutting wire mesh pieces, shaping them, and binding them together with plastic zip ties to form a kind of skeleton.

It’s hard to work wearing thick gloves but if you don’t your hands are shredded by the end of the day. The zip ties will remain in place to be covered in concrete.

By lunch-time I had just a torso. It’s fussy work and the wire needs to be trimmed as well as cut.

A torso. The concrete blocks are not part of the piece.

The challenge is not just getting the proportions correct but getting the wire cage just the right size so that it is not over-sized when the concrete is layered on.

It’s easy to stay focused when you are enjoying what you are doing.

By the end of the day I had a body with arms, tail and neck and a rock for her to sit on (not in picture).

She’ll need a few more nips and tucks before the concrete is added.

It’s difficult to photograph the wire cage without a contrasting colour behind it but all should be more clear by the end of the day tomorrow. I went home and crashed and now my hands and forearms are aching just enough to remind me that they worked hard today. I’ll sleep well tonight.

© Judy Parsons 2021

4 Comments to "Concrete Sculpture Day 1"

  1. Cheryl A Benson's Gravatar Cheryl A Benson
    January 16, 2021 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting! I can’t wait to see how this progresses.

  2. Parry Pierce's Gravatar Parry Pierce
    January 24, 2021 - 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Amazing! And impressive!

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