Richard Edelman


6' x 6' x 6'

Stainless Steel


Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin2014Richard Edelman

I had it in my mind to create a very formal series in stainless of the traditional four elements. I wanted something reduced. I don't always start with a plan. Here, I did EARTH is a simple disk from the front, but a more complex object from the back side. It rests on the shoulders of Hercules who holds up the heavenly spheres. WIND is built on a screw conveyor image with teeth added. Its base is a bent I-beam section, meant to convey power. FIRE has a special burnt blue and purple patina added through heating and blowing hot gases. WATER consists of a screw conveyor section vertically configured to show plunging water. The circles are lily pads.