Thursday, January 6, 2011

A True Piece of Zion

I recently finished this piece. It is a nice mixture of assemblage and construction. The base is from an old oval mirror, the lens and handle on the reverse of the piece are found, and the central structure holding the relics and lens is fabricated from mahogany. The work is 13 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter.

Zion4


Zion inside


Detail of the relics inside the piece: a 1935 National Park stamp, a rock from the area, and words from Moses 7:18. And the Lord called his people ZION....

Zion pair


I would like to do more works that are reliquaries containing fragments of places that inform or are even integral to our American identity. A piece of Plymouth Rock, The Redwood Forest, fragments of Ellis Island, and the like.

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