JULY 2012:   Calder Style Beaver

This is an idea I had after touring a modern art museum in Washington D.C. I was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder who had a knack for keeping it simple, while knocking the essence of every piece out of the ballpark. The beaver is made from one piece of flat stock steel. I just used the plasma cutter to make one long cut, in a strange yet specific shape, and then bent some parts forward and some backward so he looks 3-D. The same is true of the tree branch that the beaver is holding. It is one cut, from one flat piece of steel, and then various parts are bent in different directions to make it three-dimensional. This one sits by our pond at home.