Richard Edelman

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ANIMALS

Painted Steel

10"' x 10"' x 1.5'

2009

Richard Edelman

My animals followed my weathervanes as early pieces, and they presented me with a challenge. Rigidity necessary to alignment with the wind does not express the fluidity of animals in motion. This led me to these early experiments with blacksmithing, the ancient method of heating metal to glowing red and deforming it with tongs and hammers. My raw material is often old horseshoes and antique barn hinges which yield readily for the simple reason they were originally created through blacksmithing.

 

The white swan is a personal favorite. Its graceful neck is constructed of old cast iron cobbler shoe forms of various sizes.