Richard Edelman

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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. 

6' x 4' x 3'

Stainless Steel

WIND

Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2014

Richard Edelman

WIND schematic