Scout Handford and Joshua Kaiser’s Recycled Metal Sculpture displayed at the California State Fair July 14th – 31st, 2011. Please contact Molly Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) for purchase information.
Award Winning YQQ-91 was created by Scout Handford and Joshua Kaiser using recycled steel.
Our concept for the piece began with the broad idea of how each person affects their environment. After in depth discussions about what this idea meant to each of us, we agreed that every person could take away a different meaning from the art work. With diverse ideas in mind, we created an organic infill structure to bridge the more static and geometric cross section of the sculpture with the intention of demonstrating that different ideas and philosophies can be bridged. As artists, our personal ideas about creating are almost identical. We both believe that the art should speak for itself. The viewer should not be led in to the piece with a title that might pre-dispose them to think of the sculpture in a certain way. Instead the viewer should be presented with a form that speaks for itself. We believe the art piece is the title, and it makes a statement about the footprint of each individual.
The process for constructing YQQ-91 was rather involved. First a simple hand drawn sketch was created to define the shape. The sketch was then refined using a two dimensional computer drawing program. Next, the recycled metal was organized in order to assess the sizes and shapes of material that were available to build the internal structure. After the metal was sorted, the pieces were drawn into the two dimensional form so that measurements and cuts could be calculated and an internal “spine” could be fabricated. After the creation of the spine was complete, a temporary frame was created to hold all of the edge pieces in place. The framing for the infill panels was created using traditional blacksmithing techniques with a gas forge, hammers, and an anvil. Finally, the infill panels were drawn by hand, plasma cut, and welded to the internal structure. This process is different than traditional methods because it uses a combination of computer and manual calculations in order to create the basic form. The basic form is expanded in to a truly unique creation due to the fact that the handmade forms and cutting are organic and random in nature. The different techniques come together to form an amazing structure that is appealing to the eye and entices the mind to constantly search for new shapes in the infill areas.
As artists, we enjoy many different aspects of this sculpture. The beauty and grace of the curvature is luring and exotic, while the tapered tip looms eerily above the viewer’s head. The shape of the curvature in conjunction with the varying shapes draws the viewer’s eye to the tip then recycles the intention with the presence of an interesting footprint that starts the viewing cycle over again. Our intent to keep any viewer interested in this piece was furthered by designing the pointed tip to be slightly above the viewer’s head. The placement was intended to define a space and cause a reaction from the viewer to an inanimate object. The creation and execution of this collaboration has affected us both immensely in a positive way. During this artistic journey we grew to appreciate the presence and input of each other’s ideas. The acknowledgement of how others react and affect the environment that we all share was one of many important lessons that we vlearned while creating this piece. We hope that viewers are able to feel the energy and intensity that was required to complete this piece, and we hope that the sculpture moves people who view it in the same manner as we were moved to create it.
“YQQ91 is the mysterious title of a towering slender wave made of recycled steel by Scout Handford and Joshua Kaiser of Sacramento. It’s an elegantly simple piece.” ~ The Sacramento Bee