Girlchild Reflected In Her Mother's Eye

Girlchild was commissioned by a mother whose child died in an accident.  As we drove to Seattle to buy the stone, I doodled in plasticine while I listened, and by the time we arrived at the stoneyard I had completed a sketch. 

We purchased a column of basalt to “hold” the form and I carved it, incorporating a bronze insert in the middle to reflect sunlight up onto the sphere of basalt. 

For a description of the computer-based methods I used in tuning the form before I began to carve it, click here. 

This one-ton monumental sculpture now stands under a ginkgo tree at the University of British Columbia, near the bookstore.

Photos by Lee Gass and Martin Dee.