OCTOBER 2011: This sculpture holds an ice-bucket for wine (or beverages), and has a place to put a platter of hors d’oeuvre. I imagine this type of useful sculpture would be out in people’s yards, or on their deck, between their two favorite chairs… Somewhere that people might sit a while and enjoy a nice view or conversation over a cold beverage.
This was the first piece that I ever made to donate to a fundraiser. It was for an event to benefit the Humane Society, and our local Battered Women’s Shelter (Laurie’s House) . The inspiration came when I found an old serving spoon that looked like an ant’s abdomen, and then the big truck spring reminded me of a stout bumble bee’s body. On the server there is a bee, dragonfly and an ant. Originally I was going to donate The French Waiter sculpture, since the event was a wine and cheese festival, but my mother fell in love with the waiter piece and just could not bear to part with it.
The waiter and the bug server were first actually functional pieces I made and since then the idea has been a huge success! I try to make most of my pieces novel AND functional.