I've been working away on the sculpture garden and have the Third and Fourth Sentinels completed and available for purchase. One of the first clients to inspect was a local deer who frequents the yard. He never misses an opening! :) The Sentinels are made from kiln-cast recycled window glass. Window glass often ends up in the landfill, so I love that I'm able to re-purpose it this way. The floats used have been washed up on Piers Island beaches, the wire is recycled aluminum wiring for the most part, some flame worked beads and also recycled glass beads made in Ghana and Botswana. The rebar centre supports are found in various yards and Piers and again recycled and re-purposed to become sculpture.
The Third Sentinel (shown above) is about 67 inches tall. $800
The Fourth Sentinel (shown below) is about 61 inches tall. $800
A winter storm of 30 knots from the north knocked The Sentinels over. The entire huge cement block over! The top head pieces smashed on the patio. :( So...lessons learned...dig in for security and a flat surface mounted high with heavy wind provides amazing leverage.
Continuing with the recycling theme, I incorporated found glass mosaic to top the sculpture and it's withstood everything since then. :) I still love it - even its morphed state.
I'm perfecting ways to do the disks angled and will be putting together a few more smaller versions to have available for sale,
While I had already started working with old glass and recycling it into new fused glass creations, my whole recycling mission kind of exploded on January 1st, 2020. My New Year's resolution of Ditch the Plastic was in full swing and quite frankly I was on a mission! Luckily, my husband was equally inspired...because you can't do this unless the family is IN! So January was dedicated to doing what it takes to Ditch the Plastic...which included building a website ditchtheplastic.ca and a new Twitter account twitter@plasticditch
I would be delighted if you had a look at them. I'm trying my best to share the journey and pass along tips and now that I'm feeling really good about those results - back to glass, which remains focused on creating pieces using old glass. This newest piece above - The Sentinels is currently gracing our front yard and undergoing stress testing with winds. Highest wind to date - 12 knots! I'll keep you posted, I'll be working on some unwieldy versions for sale soon. This piece stands 99 inches tall.