Three Dimensional Spaghetti–Fred and Ginger

One of the disappointing things about iron-work in traditional settings is that the people who create it don’t universally insist on having enough space to forge pieces in three dimensions if the law will allow it. Over 99 per cent of all architectural iron work, old and new, is boring —it is two-dimensional and symmetrical—and deserves to be ignored into eternity from two weeks after being installed. Ninety nine per cent of hand forged iron work should be noticed and admired for at least 2 weeks. (Iron work that is fabbed, or forged and fabbed, deserves only to be ignored from the moment it is conceived.)

Three-dimensional spaghetti can never run in a straight line for even one nano-meter or else it looks like an error—the observer’s eye stops before the natural end to its travels and the effect of all the grace before and after is spoiled.

I have forgotten which side of this Cantera-topped buffet’s spaghetti I started first, but getting it into the fullest space possible was cake compared to the backward forging of its mirror image. It was like Ginger Rogers having to do everything Fred Astaire did, but going backwards…and in heels. (The spaghetti runs through piercings in the legs and wall mounts and is riveted to the 1/2” X 1- 1/2” horizontal bar above it.)

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I thought long and hard before deciding to make the thing symmetrical…a decision I almost regret to this day. But if I was going to do another it would not be.

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2 Responses to “Three Dimensional Spaghetti–Fred and Ginger”

  1. Michael Sheppard Says:

    Steven,

    I looked at this piece and could see how you might have spent some time wondering about an asymmetrical approach to the design. I think that you did the right thing because asymmetry would have drawn just a bit more attention away from the surface which, overall, the piece could not afford.

    Incidental really, I like your work, a lot actually. It makes me yearn for Barcelona. My father was/is a metal sculptor (not a smith) who focused on modern liturgical art like chalices and tabernacles, candelabra and other altar goods.

    Btw, I enjoyed yer $ rant on Gaia the other day.

    best,
    Michael

  2. Just stopping by to see the latest and say hi. 🙂
    With love…

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