|Ron Rudnicki, 1990|
Boston Globe photo/David Ryan
In the summer of 1990 the Department of Environmental Management's Arts-in-the-Parks program sponsored a two-week granite carving residency for Ron Rudnicki at Halibut Point. Working by direct carving - without first making a model - Ron brought forth what he called a "medieval figure" from the stone. He used pneumatic as well as hand tools.
|Granite sculpture, Halibut Point|
|Fitting clay maquette of "Prometheus"|
to aperture in granite
I wanted to bring a life-giving story to some of my own granite pieces. Working in metal offered finer detail than was possible in stone. I envisioned Prometheus appearing triumphantly with stolen fire to present the Olympic torch to mankind.
|Furnace at Mystic Valley Forge|
|The "Victory Garden," 2008|
|Clay maquette for "Exuberance"|
What could be lovelier than a female figure? I searched for how exactly the limbs should be proportioned and oriented. It began to clarify as I got closer to the simplest energy flow, the perfect economy of mass and motion that generates a natural gesture.
|Pouring molten bronze|
New England Sculpture Service, Chelsea
Crane Estate, 2011