Reverse Prometheus $25,000
This sculpture started with an old hot water tank that I covered in aluminum diamond plate, and added all my artistic touches. I dont do any welding in my constructions, but in this case had to have some fabrication done for the final mounting of the rocket body. The parts I find and bolt together have never seen each other before being installed in this project. I generally find parts and objects in flea markets, garage sales, junkyards, and even in the trash. Mostly previously manufactured parts from the golden era of American craftsmanship and mechanical production. A time when we were the producers as well as the consumers of high quality durable goods and tools of human existence made by anonymous every day artisans who touched our lives. I see in these parts the future craved for and ushered in, but only to be discarded by a watering down of work and business ethics and preference for the cheapest store bought products.Thus taking the conscience of Americans and humanity down with it.
As a sculptor, I give back to the Gods that which Prometheus stole and bestowed upon us lowly humans... the fire which over thousands of years we have deliberately used for destruction and sins against our own, our world, and even the heavens. But ah, the rub, the yin to yang of an artists soul, I also send out and present to the Gods that which is good in Mankind. That fire that warmed our neighbor, that light that shone on cave paintings, that electrical spark harnessed for communication and connection, that radio call sent into deep space and waiting for an answer. That possible future.
In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a Titan, the son of Iapetus and Themis, and brother to Atlas, Epimetheus and Menoetius. He was a champion of human-kind known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals. Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. His myth has been treated by a number of ancient sources, in which Prometheus is credited with or blamed for playing a pivotal role in the early history of humankind.