How to Create a Sculpture, Part 1 – Kevin Caron


(Text on screen): How to Create a Sculpture, Part 1, Kevin Caron, www.kevincaron.com The Voice: Hey, Kevin. Are you praying? Kevin Caron: God? Oh, no. No. I’ve had a couple of requests for a start-to-finish video, so I thought this is a good place to start: at the beginning. I’ve had a; I just got a commission for a public piece for a college down in Tucson, Arizona. And I’m starting on it, so I thought, well, OK, let me show you how I go about it. Let me show you where I actually start the whole thing. This all started with a sculpture I made called Torrent. It’s an umbilic torus, and it’s about 4 feet tall. Well, I’m going to make one for this college and it’s going to be 8 feet tall. Oh, boy. Well, you’ve got to scale everything up a little bit. Well, the first think I want to do is just to look at it on the wall. Just kind of measure it out a little bit, put some blue tape up there, just to get a look at how big the thing is actually going to be, and maybe I’ll adjust the size a little. So, an 8-foot diameter circle. And I was thinking about 2 feet thick. So, I thought I’d just measure out on the wall here approximately how big this thing is going to be. Well, 8 foot in diameter, the ring in the middle that holds the little triangles that the shape gets made out of. Hmm; OK. So, starting at the ground, I would come up approximately a foot. That’s where the ring is going to be. Well, another foot and that’s how big the structure itself will be. This will be the whole ring that goes all the way around that you actually see. OK, so from here, go up there. Come on, tape. The Voice: You need a tall person like me? Kevin Caron: Ah, I always need a tall person like you. So, from the ground up to the bottom of the visual sculpture should be 7 feet. And then from there up to the ring should be 8 feet. Take two. So, from there, up to center of the ring, it’s actually inside the sculpture that’s part of the structure itself. That should be another foot. Uh-oh. Gotta jump. Eh, not bad. And then it’s another foot above that to actually get to the top of the sculpture itself. Whoops; ran out of wall. The Voice: Is this supposed to help you get a feeling of how it’s going to look, or is it going to help you with the structural part of it? Kevin Caron: Well, this is just to give me a better idea of the size: how big do I want to make this structure itself; the part that you actually see. Do I want to make it, you know, 18 inches, 2 foot, 3 foot, 4 foot. I mean, how big; how massive do I actually want it to help it fit into that whole size of itself. So then I know if I come from the center of the ring in the structure itself, up 4 feet. . . All right. So, that should be the center of the opening in my sculpture. Yeah, pretty sure. So, let’s come from here and we’ll go out 4 feet, which is right at the edge of the door. Right about there. So, now you start to get an idea of the size. You know, this is going to be that big; it’s going to be all the way out to there and come around to the ground itself and up. This will be the bottom of the sculpture that you actually see. This is the ring that holds everything together. And then you’ve got that whole foot thickness up above that. Good Lord, this thing is huge. And then we know if we come from there, and come over another 4 feet, it winds up all the way over here and that’s the center of the ring, so there’s a foot here and a foot out there. Good Lord, I’m going to need a crane. But that’s; I kind of like that size. I like that, you know, 24 to 26-inch thickness per side. You know, like you see on Torrent, the little one. That one was; I think that one was like 15 inches or 12 inches right in that area somewhere. So, it will be much bigger. Much more scaled up. So now I can take this idea; I can take these dimensions more or less and I can go to the bench and I can start cutting things out and start making all my structure to go inside. But that’s for next time. We’ll see you later. (Text on screen): Filmed at Kevin Caron Studios in Phoenix, Arizona with artist Kevin Caron Wardrobe by Stu D. O’Gear Subscribe to See More Videos! See and hear more at KevinCaron.com.

31 comments

  • C Crosby

    Very cool! Thought you did this on the floor with chalk. Can't wait to see the process. Thanks.

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  • ruuman

    This is going to be a great series, I can't wait. Thanks for the hard work guys

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  • hanzithaking

    i watched this when it was called: kevincaron whereveryougo1 2012 02 22

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  • Charles Struble

    Great idea! Cool way to figure out dimensions on a large piece. Thanks, guys. Good one Mary. Tall person like you…

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @hanzithaking This is the Voice. For some reason, when I uploaded it, all the settings were lost. Fortunately, YouTube now allows you to edit those after the fact, which I did. Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience. Kevin has me on probation now…..

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  • hanzithaking

    @kevincaron oh no probs its just funny, i tought i chose the wrong video 😛 does he feed you on probation, or dont you eat at all?

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @hanzithaking Straw and dirt, that's what he feeds me ….

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  • hanzithaking

    @kevincaron ohh, sorry to hear, ill mail you a cheese burger 🙂

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  • Mustie1

    this is going to be fun to watch, if you could include your thought process as you go along,,

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  • donyboy73

    nice video, what external mic system do you use?

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @kevincaron Yeah, right……

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @hanzithaking Don't forget the fries also…..

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @donyboy73 It's a audio-technica omni atr 3350.

    Nice long cord so I can move around a bit..

    much better than before…

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @mustie1 Mostly my thoughts on this piece will be along the lines of…..

    Why, Why Why!!!!!!

    Joking. I will try to include that also.

    Thanks for the suggestion…

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  • Mustie1

    @kevincaron I say that about all the odd stuff that I build, like to see how others think when there in the creative zone,

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  • donyboy73

    @kevincaron oh i thought you had a wireless mike on Kevin

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  • Mitchell Dillman

    nice…this is gonna be Fun!
    thanks for sharing 😀

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  • lombor

    Nice video thankyou its good to see you working on a project , the work you used as a example to what your going to make , what material is it? also have you ever worked with corten?

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  • 2LateIWon/Organized Chaos

    very cool as always tuned in cant wait for the next vid

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    Lombor, Torrent is made from mild steel. With the weather here in Phoenix I don't have to worry about the steel too much. I have done a few pieces with weathering steel (corten is a brand name), but it is very hard for me to get here. Last time I had to order it out of Alabama and have it trucked in.

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @robotmotor because I didn't think of it!?!?

    Thanks for posting my friend. Good to hear from you ..

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  • ibrahim alalaty

    @kevincaron your welcome you are our master 🙂 too many thing i learn from you

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  • Greg's Garage

    I'm digging your series. Thanks for putting this stuff up. Steeliq -dot- com is a source in AZ for corten flat stock (if you ever need it). Great guys to work with if you ever need it. Im in the midwest and have to get stuff shipped in from them.

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @gregmporter Thanks, I will give them a call in the morning….

    Thanks for posting..

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  • WestCoastMods

    Just curious why you always have on welding leathers…even when you're not welding. I hope you don't wear them to bed…lol

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    @WestCoastMods Most of the time I am welding on something else when "The Voice" shows up and says "lets shoot a video". I normally have 2 or 3 different pieces going at once. And I only wear the leathers to bed on special occasions….

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  • WestCoastMods

    @kevincaron Very nice……really enjoy your vids. I am a 15yr Union Pipe Welder and still enjoy your video's. Great work….

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  • Kevin Caron, Artist

    No reason in the world why you shouldn't get in to this!!! I know several women doing this kind of work and they are doing very well. Don't sell yourself short!! I would be glad to talk to you about this if you are interested. You can find my office number on my website. Or email me at my first name at my full name dot com.

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  • ColKorn1965

    My Step1: Crawl around on the floor with a piece of soapstone

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  • Ekaterina

    I love your Torrent! Exactly what I like. Thank you.

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  • Ekaterina

    Wonder if you appreciate how lucky you're to be able to do what you love so much!
    You do what you love and you get paid! So happy at least some people have life like that.

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