MetalFilter: I can measure, chop, & weld. What's next? I took a class in metalworking (metal furniture fabrication) and came out of it with some cool projects: a frame for hanging an art print, a metal storage crate, a sculpture that spins. I'd like to take the class again (mostly for open access to the metal shop).
But before I do, I'd like to go in with more direction, a bigger vocabulary, and plans for what I want to build. I have no previous mechanical / shop experience, so it's all still pretty new to me. But here's what I'd like to know more about: [more inside]
posted by inkytea
on Dec 1, 2013 -
There is a statue in the Milwaukee art museum titled "The Last of the Spartans". It depicts a dying soldier writing the word "NIKAT" on his shield, presumably as his last act before succumbing to his injuries. What does NIKAT mean? [more inside]
posted by :-)
on Aug 11, 2013 -
The ice melts, releasing the pebbles onto the sculpture. YOUTUBE
Anyone know more about this genre of what I call sonic sculpture? [more inside]
posted by surplus
on Jan 29, 2013 -
Looking for an artist that would go into natural environments (e.g. a stream) and organize objects there (e.g. rocks in the stream). by some salient characteristic (color, size). I think I'm making up the stream example, but they were objects that would never end up ordered through any natural process.
posted by phrontist
on Dec 9, 2012 -
We had a new heating system installed that created two new pipes sticking out of the back of our house that belch steam. I thought it might be cool to build a huge beast head to hang over it so it looks like a smoke belching beast on the back of our otherwise sensible looking home.
Aesthetically, I will just lay all my cards on the table and say that I was envisioning the beast head being built up mostly from flat scaley pieces like an AJ Fosik sculpture
or a parade dragon
I have an artistic background and some experience with wood and clay sculpture, but I don't know how to weld or do anything exotic with plastics or anything, so I am in search of a medium that is hopefully cheap, preferably beginner friendly, and can stand up to steam and the outdoors in general (in upstate NY where we get all the seasons). Any suggestions?
posted by SharkParty
on Aug 14, 2012 -
I had a Humanities teacher in High School many, many years ago who, in the course of a lesson, introduced a word that I cannot remember. This word described the act of leaving the lower parts of a highly placed relief carving unfinished, as no one would see the work. [more inside]
posted by patrick rhett
on May 28, 2012 -
identified as "Buddha at Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery" has been making the Tumblr rounds, but I can't find any corroborating info. Photoshopped? Wrong attribution? My poor Googling skills? [more inside]
posted by gwint
on Apr 6, 2012 -
Do you know about building mobiles? Looking for book recommendations, your favorite mobile makers (or mobiles) and any tips and tricks for finding balance with mobiles. [more inside]
posted by amanda
on Apr 3, 2012 -
A friend of mine was given an unidentified sculpture and he has tasked me with finding the name of the original artist. The sculpture itself is large and extremely intricate which leads us to believe that it was made by a well-known artist. The only problem is that there are no markings anywhere. Here is a pulled-back view of the whole piece.
Can you please help us identify it? [more inside]
posted by infinitefloatingbrains
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Best way to transport a small nineteenth- or early twentieth-century plaster sculpture from DC to London? I have no expertise in transporting art. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena
on Dec 27, 2011 -
I have just discovered needle felting! Where can I find inspiration for fun/nerdy projects, tips on technique, and any other useful bits of information? (Ideally for free...) [more inside]
posted by torisaur
on Nov 21, 2011 -
What is the large red sculpture in LA? I was watching Ruthless People
and noticed the final ransom drop took place in front of a large metal sculpture. To my mind, this sculpture looks like the Flamingo sculpture in Chicago. The scene can't have been filmed in Chicago, so what's the name of this similar sculpture in LA?
posted by Monochrome
on Oct 9, 2011 -
My friend just bought a wood carving of a horse head (Pictures: 1
). It's supposedly from India and about 200-300 years old. Furthermore, the seller told us people used to hang them in pairs on the sides of their door as a status symbol (hence the wrought iron nail through the chest). [more inside]
posted by mahershalal
on Oct 2, 2011 -
Please tell me everything about this statue
in Reykjavik, Iceland, purportedly a celebration of the "Unknown Bureaucrat" or "Unknown Civil Servant." Is it satire? Who is the sculptor? What's the true title and date of installation? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea
on Aug 12, 2011 -
My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Jul 24, 2011 -
I am looking for an art image (20th Century I think) and for the life of me I cannot find it. [more inside]
posted by squalor
on Apr 6, 2011 -
I'm wanting to build a sculpture armature for small-to-medium-sized clay work. It'll be pretty typical, except that I want the horizontal support arm to have two articulated, lockable joints so I can easily reposition a sculpture while I'm working on it. I was picturing three long, thin bolts of a few inches length screwed on to some kind of joint with a wingnut. I've looked at hardware stores but haven't found anything like this and I'm not sure how to articulate what I need. [more inside]
posted by picea
on Apr 6, 2011 -
How does an established professional but not well known artist best go about 'exhibiting' a collection of beautiful metal sculptures in Toronto?
Would they have to rent their own space and throw an event?
Do they pitch/apply to various galleries? Which ones?
Asking for a friend! Thanks in advance...I love the green.
posted by anewnormal
on Feb 5, 2011 -
Can anyone provide further details (name, artist, location) of the sculpture Nina is looking at post-reception and shortly before her confrontation with Beth in Black Swan? [more inside]
posted by dougmoon
on Jan 20, 2011 -
I want to buy a piece of sculpture for my garden. I'm looking for something very modern, optionally with a Japanese theme. The largest size for the base is 2'x3', height 5 feet to 7 feet. Where can I go in the Bay Area to see a decent selection? To give you an idea, here's the one place I was able to find that looks good
, but I'd like to see more choices. Also, that place is a bit more expensive than I'd prefer, though it's not a deal-breaker.
posted by jewzilla
on Jan 16, 2011 -
Artist trivia time! I love this painting!
Does anyone know who the artist is? It's a painting with a sculpture of similarly-shaped heads next to it...but I just saw it randomly online and haven't the first clue of who it might be. Has anyone seen anything like it before? (other than on Easter Island)
posted by KiddAnnica
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Does anyone know the name of the sculptor who created this piece
(sorry, only have that one cross-processed photo), or have an idea how I could quickly find out? It's at the MFA Boston (I think on the second floor). I've already clicked through their collection online and can't find it. Thanks!
posted by rottytooth
on Sep 27, 2010 -
How can I stamp my name and a date into a tiny clay sculpture? [more inside]
posted by DU
on Sep 1, 2010 -
Any ideas where to get 100 old aluminum canoes for a large public art outdoor sculpture? [more inside]
posted by samren
on Jul 14, 2010 -
I'm an artist trying to wire 30 quartz clock mechanisms together so that they run off a single power strip. They each originally take 1 AA battery. I'm having trouble getting it to work. It's important that the clocks start simultaneously because the piece involves precisely planned movement. [more inside]
posted by davidriley
on May 5, 2010 -
[artFilter] Can anyone tell me what light sources are being used in this art installation? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei
on Apr 24, 2010 -
I want to make little machines that do cool things. I've been daydreaming and doing moderate "research" for years and years. How do I make this into reality? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish
on Mar 13, 2010 -
Does anyone know where to get a knockoff Robert Indiana LOVE t-shirt reading LUST? [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Feb 15, 2010 -
I've made it to the final round in my school's art competition and I'm looking for advice on how to display my sculpture, how to describe it, and any other advice. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Jan 24, 2010 -
Automaton question. I am building a small sculpture that will steer along a pre-determined line when pushed along the floor. I need some advice on designing the main steering cam. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny
on Dec 22, 2009 -