Last week I took a quick break from making practical things to design and build a little sculpture. Making abstract sculptures is one of favorite ways to generate new ideas. It allows me the freedom to play around with new forms and concepts without having to worry about possible practical applications. In some instances, a sculpture may give me an idea that I can use later on to make a functional product. Other times, I'll end up with a piece that will never be anything more than an abstract sculpture. Both outcomes are fine by me, since it's the process of creating a sculpture that I find really rewarding.
Cradled Ring, is a bit of a departure from my previous sculptures. Though I still utilize steel cables under tension as the source of the sculpture's stability, I challenged myself with the design of this piece to use as few cables as possible. The Brazilian Cherry ring hovers just above the two cherry arms, with both ring and arms being supported by a total of four small steel cables. Forgoing the intricate cabled contours characteristic of my other sculptures, this piece focuses much more on the interplay between simple forms and on the beauty of natural wood.