Pages from the Book of the Earth

One of the Pages from the Book of the Earth series at the outdoor gallery of the Walton Art Center in Fayetteville Arkansas
One of the Pages from the Book of the Earth series at the outdoor gallery of the Walton Art Center in Fayetteville Arkansas

Topomythical Projections are the way I refer to these almost minimal sculptures. They are stories about the large scale landscape cast in bronze and mounted on a blocks of rusted steel. Look closer and what you see on the top surface are structures that you can read. They embody the concept that "the earth speaks". 

One piece has a poem given to me by the late Miller Williams concerning the necessity of compassion. The poem is readable in the tilted surface which also refers to the landscape of Peru. Another piece has excerpts from a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King jr. on his concern for our countries war in Vietnam. He speaks about a call for a "True revolution of values" and that he must speak out against injustice because "his conscience gives him no other choice".

They come out of my career back in 1967 when a trip to the Southwest inspired me to look more closely at the large landscape. These pieces are the final statements on the subject. and include my studies leading to the Peace Prayer fountain.

2 pieces from the Pages from the Book of the Earth series placed in front of the Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville AR
2 pieces from the Pages from the Book of the Earth series placed in front of the Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville AR

One of the landscape pieces from the late 1960's inspired by a trip to the Southwest
One of the landscape pieces from the late 1960's inspired by a trip to the Southwest

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One of the pieces placed at a spring in Eureka Springs Arkansas
One of the pieces placed at a spring in Eureka Springs Arkansas

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The current placement for the sculptures in an outdoor gallery behind the Town Center of Fayetteville. I call the gallery: "Erehwon" which is Nowhere spelled backwards
The current placement for the sculptures in an outdoor gallery behind the Town Center of Fayetteville. I call the gallery: "Erehwon" which is Nowhere spelled backwards

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David building the steel base structure.

 

The Martin Luther King sculpture still in clay
The Martin Luther King sculpture still in clay

Miller Williams and me talking in the studio about my work taking in his poem
Miller Williams and me talking in the studio about my work taking in his poem

The Jerusalem Pulpit. One of those pieces that speaks Peace.
The Jerusalem Pulpit. One of those pieces that speaks Peace.

one of the "Anvil Series" named because of its shape these pieces are small segments of the larger landscape pieces
one of the "Anvil Series" named because of its shape these pieces are small segments of the larger landscape pieces

one of the "Anvil Series" named because of its shape these pieces are small segments of the larger landscape pieces
one of the "Anvil Series" named because of its shape these pieces are small segments of the larger landscape pieces

one of the "Anvil Series" named because of its shape these pieces are small segments of the larger landscape pieces

one of the "Anvil Series" named because of its shape these pieces are small segments of the larger landscape pieces