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The first comment of gallerists, curators and art students usually is on the shadows these cast.

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Shadows cast by hanging sculpture

Other people ask, "What are they called?" I have made many other sculptures and I don't recall anyone before asking what any of them are called. Maybe what people really want to know is what these things are.

Hanging Sculptures

Other than that I don't know. Yet. But I'm working on an answer for what they ask - a name. Some artists name their work before designing it in order for that to guide the design. Some insist that artists and designers must start with verbiage, Hanging Sculpturesoften in the form of a list of word associations to give focus to the direction of the design process.

I don't. I have thoughts, feelings, realizations and experiences that, if I could verbalize them adequately, I would not need to represent visually. For me design grows straight from a non-verbal place.

Still, people want verbal names, even for hanging sculptures. I've tried several. Some people have thought they look like drips or drops. So I tried calling them dropes, rhyming with oh. But some thought they were evocative of stalagtites. So I tried calling them steelagtites. These sculptures also can be reminiscent of jelly fish. So I called them that briefly. But when I happened to refer to them off the cuff, I said, "I'm going to put up the hanging stuff."

Hanging Stuff

Hanging Sculpture

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(made out of genuine hanging stuff)

The ones pictured are made out of steel. A few times I have been asked if these could be hung outside. There are two options for that. One is that I could make them out of stainless steel, and that either could be darkened or made shiny or made out of a kind of stainless that develops a white patina that would prevent them from being too shiny, if you didn't want the sun's glare to be too bright.

A second option would be to make them of plain steel. Once each year their coating of boiled linseed oil would need to be refreshed. I could put on the first coat with heat to give it a good base, but after that dipping it in boiled linseed oil from would keep it from rusting.

Rust as a Patina

Actually, instead of starting with that, allowing rust to develop first can be a nice thing. I have a 9 foot tall sculpture in my yard that I let rust for a few years and then began the yearly treatment with linseed oil (takes 15 minutes with a rag) to keep it from rusting any further. People ask me what the finish is. It doesn't look like rust exactly. The linseed oil brings nice changes to it.

A five gallon pale of boiled linseed oil is a lifetime supply for this. I had a one gallon can that was about 40 years old and still worked fine. I suggest a five gallon pale for this so that the hanging art can be dipped in it in order to coat the insides.

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I may not start with words, but I can end with quite a few, can't I?

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