Richard Edelman

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4' x 3' x 3'

Painted Steel & Wood

HEARTLAND

2010

Richard Edelman

Created for the Heart Ball, this work includes wood, which i have rarely explored. Over the years I have collected wooden foundry forms built by pattern-makers -- a dead profession -- necessary to the molding and production of cast iron machinery parts from engine blocks to fire hydrants. Here I have made use of wooden pump parts. They were beautiful and powerful to me and somehow suggested Tiffany. I wove the parts together by blacksmithing with one-eighth by one inch flat bars over a wooden vase-shaped turbine pattern. As the hot steel contacted the wood it burst into flame, requiring continuous dousing in water. The sculpture was finished with enamel paints in the blue and red of medical textbooks that illustrate oxygenated and oxygen poor sides of the cardio system.