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.