How Do You Capture The Moon? With Sculpture, Of Course!

We’re all familiar with the popular musical The Sound of Music. Who can forget such endearing songs as “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “My Favorite Things,” and [How Do You Solve a Problem Like] “Maria.” It’s this last song that comes to mind when viewing Kevin Robb’s sculpture Capturing the Moon. This fabricated bronze sculpture brings the last lines of “Maria” to life.

“How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?”

In Kevin’s sculpture three swaths of grey flecked bronze, two floating and one anchored, capture the moon. They could be clouds closing in on this orb of reflecting light to hide its magnificence or firmer bars clamping down on this moving ball to hold it in place. But these jailers seem to have a movement of their own, their sculpted shapes reminiscent of undulating waves.

Either way, the sculpture itself represents achieving the impossible. Hold a moonbeam in your hand? It can’t be done!

But art reminds us to dream, to try what we think can’t be done. Whether placed outside an office building to inspire and drive a company vision or within the alcoves of a home to encourage creativity and wonder, this sculpture prompts the viewer to ponder the question: How do you hold a moonbeam in our hand? How do you solve a problem like….? And what would you do with ‘the moon,’ whatever your moon is, once you have it?

Capturing the Moon motivates us to capture the treasures of our lives and hold them in our hands.

-Sarah Ampleman

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette-Rick McFarland Capturing The Moon F Capturing The Moon in snow

 

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Perchability of Sculptures

Things look different from a bird’s eye view, don’t they? People look smaller from up in the air when jet streams catch feathered wings and carry them aloft to new perches. We, as humans, are always out to find the next best thing to make our lives better, but I have a feeling, so are our feathered friends. Hopping from branch to branch, cocking heads, and calling out notes to one another, these birds are always on the move, always testing out new places.
So it was only natural that they should try out Kevin Robb’s sculpture “Chop Sticks,” on display as part of the Unbound: Sculpture in the Field exhibit at the Arvada Center. And, apparently they spent quite some time on this strange stainless steel tree, as evidenced by the large amount of droppings coating the creation. Thanks are in order to a personal friend that lives close by for taking it upon herself to clean off such additions to Kevin’s art.
But then, don’t we stop to think and enjoy the view when we find a good perch, ourselves? The adventurous young climber tests out limbs until he makes it to the top and enjoys a victorious surveillance of his new realm, and the unhurried hiker looks for a place to rest and listen to the wind in the leaves, or, the whispers of the heart.
Good art moves our minds to leave our bodies behind in flights of imagination and intellect. They provide places to perch while our thoughts are elsewhere, roaming the world in search of truth, the best home for our souls.
But, thankfully, we don’t need to leave behind fecal matter to show our appreciation for such wonders.
Guest blogger Sarah Ampleman

"Chop Sticks" / 7’4” in height / Stainless Steel

“Chop Sticks” /
7’4” in height /
Stainless Steel

 

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Public Art, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Contemporary Sculpture Vs. Vectors

I’m a friend of the Robb”s and decided that I wanted to move to Colorado after finishing grad school. The Robb’s have graciously opened their home so I have a place to stay while job searching.

By training and education I’m an analytical chemist. I like to know how and why things work; math, equations, laws, and principles are my best friends. This is the reason the Robb’s sculpture gardens is my worst enemy. I look out there and I see these magnificent sculptures that have no business standing upright, yet they are standing tall without being secured to the ground. My friend “vectors” are telling me all the reasons that these sculptures should be falling over, yet they stand so proudly and grand. It’s incredibly aggravating.

On a recent evening after Kevin came in from the studio I asked him what kind of calculations he did to ensure that a sculpture would stand. He looked at me and grinned and said, “No” while shaking his head. He looked back at me and was able to decipher the utter disbelief/amazement/confusion on my face. He pointed out the window to a sculpture containing three pieces and then said, “1, 2, 3” while counting on his fingers as if to show me it was just that easy.

I hope I find a job quickly because looking out in that sculpture garden gives me a headache. But I am so incredibly thankful that there are people in the world like Kevin who are able to balance out the people like me, because that balance is what makes the world a more beautiful place.

Guest Author Caroline Esch

"Discovering the Stars" • Height: 17' • (on a 3 foot base – total height 20 feet) • Stainless Steel

“Discovering the Stars” •
Height: 17′ • (on a 3 foot base – total height 20 feet) • Stainless Steel

 

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Public Art, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Art and Healthcare = Positive Results

There was a great article in the WSJ on August 18, 2014  (http://online.wsj.com/articles/more-hospitals-use-the-healing-powers-of-public-art-1408404629?KEYWORDS=art+and+healthcare+facilities) touting the benefits of the healing powers of art in healthcare facilities.  For years the thinking was that art work in a healthcare facility should just be soothing, nature based, and possibly loosely figurative.  Today the trend is moving towards more contemporary and diverse works of art.  This article sites studies that show the aim “is to take your mind away from the disease and replace the time you are losing inside hospital with some beauty”.

This last fall we had the opportunity to install a 12 foot stainless steel contemporary sculpture in the center courtyard of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The patients and visitors can view it from walking around it in the courtyard or from their rooms looking down upon it.  It is our hope that, if only for a moment, this sculpture takes their minds off the horrors of cancer.

"Inspirations"

“Inspirations”

"Inspirations"

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Healthcare Art, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Public Art, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Should I Buy This Sculpture?

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” Oscar Wilde

Once in a while a quote will jump out and speak directly to you, and this is the case with this quote. And let’s take it the next step, not in the creating of art but in collecting art. We have always encouraged collectors to buy what they love, not necessarily buy what the designer says, what color the couch is, nor to buy because the artist is up and coming and might prove profitable in the future.

There are some basic questions that need to be asked before a person should purchase a piece of art that will be a part of their lives:
1. Does the piece of art work speak to you?
2. Do you feel an emotional attachment to it?
3. Do you think about it? In a positive way?
4. When you walk by it does it stir some feelings within you? Sometimes these feelings can be explained by the subject matter or by understanding what the artist is trying to say, sometimes not.  Just because the artist sees something in it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to see the same thing.
5. Do you like it? How’s that for plain and simple, yet so very powerful!

The joy of collecting art is the joy of surrounding yourself with items that you feel an emotional attachment to and that bring you pleasure. That is the reason for collecting art.

"Visiting Orion"

“Visiting Orion”

 

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Metal Wall Sculptures Enhance Patio Areas

In homes and offices we just assume there will be art on the walls and expect to see it when we walk into a room, but why limit it to just the indoors? Metal wall sculpture can be a true enhancement to any patio area! Many times those outdoor walls are cold and stark and we tend to just accept them as utilitarian but they certainly don’t need to be so. A splash of color, an interesting design, attention grabbing assemblage – this creates total interest to an otherwise predictable wall. Patios are generally designed as relaxation areas as is evidenced in the lounging furniture that is so prevalent and when the walls are ignored there is a missed opportunity for tying in design to the total area, making the area a completed designed space. Utilizing metal in a sculpture on an outdoor wall assures that the sculpture will withstand the test of weather and a person can place it and forget it. This alone can decrease stress in our otherwise busy lives!

1013back-installed

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Metal Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is It A Sculpture Or A Statue?

A statue is always a sculpture but a sculpture is not always a statue.  OK, both are 3d in nature and both can be made from many different materials.  The difference is that a sculpture can be depicting anything, any thoughts, any ideas,  while a statue is a realistic image of a living thing, usually the human figure. When you  look at a sculpture you don’t necessarily know what it is depicting while when you look at a statue you know immediately that it is a human figure, or a dog, or a tree.

The attached picture is a great example of sculptures and statues.  The center sculpture is a bronze sculpture created by Kevin Robb titled “Radical 2” and is fabulous as a focal point in this garden.  The statues surrounding the pool are human figures.  The design of this garden is a fun example of utilizing both.

Just having fun with the English language, you can sculpt (verb) and work as a sculptor (noun) but you certainly can’t stat(verb ??) and work as a stator (noun ???)

"Radical 2"

“Radical 2″

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Metal Sculpture | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

4 Unique Aspects of a Kevin Robb Sculpture

  1.  Kevin’s designs are fabulous!  They are free flowing and graceful.  Contemporary and classic all at the same time.
  2. Kevin’s quality of craftsmanship is not to be compared!  All edges are ground smooth, the individual elements are cut into one another rather than just sat upon the top of each other and there are never any welds shown.
  3. Kevin’s sculptures are contemporary and bold and appeal to a very wide audience.  This is important for corporations so not to “be in the face” so to speak, or confuse or irritate, any potential clients.
  4. Kevin’s sculptural designs work fabulously in many different sizes, table top to garden to monumental sizes.  A large stainless steel sculpture at the entrance to a corporate headquarters can utilize that same design in a tabletop size to be awarded to top producers.

Dancing Triangles _MG_2403

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Public Art, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Naming of A Sculpture

How does an artist go about naming a creation?  It depends on so many different factors including the artists’ intention of the piece as well as the individuals observing the sculpture.  A contemporary sculpture invites a viewer’s interpretation and many times a name on a piece will influence this interpretation. This week the naming of a sculpture took on a life of its’ own.  This stainless steel sculpture, standing at 9’4” in height, was just completed and standing gloriously outside the studio door, without a name.  A collector saw a glance of this sculpture in the background of a photo of a commissioned piece and was curious about it.  Sharing pictures of this new large scale sculpture the collector immediately named it.  He knew exactly what the sculpture said to him.  This collector now owns the sculpture physically as well as emotionally.  And isn’t this what art collecting is all about?  “Love Your Lover” is a beautiful stainless steel sculpture that has two large elements connected ever

"Love Your Lover"

“Love Your Lover”

so gracefully in the center and will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come on the collector’s deck.

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Sculptor’s Favorite Piece

Many people are curious as to my most favorite sculpture created in the last 30+ years of sculpting and the answer is easy – it’s the next one I’m about to build!  It is the creating that is the thrill!  Once a sculpture is completed the beauty of it lives on by itself and I have released it, and I receive pure joy to witness a person appreciating something I have created.  But my favorite sculpture of all times is the design that is embedded into my head and wanting to come to life.  Looking at a piece of stainless steel my head starts to dance – seeing a shape or design in something as simple as a tree, a cloud passing by, the shadows on a wall, and I am visualizing that next sculpture that must leave my thought processes.   Sketchbooks and napkins are filled with ideas that I haven’t the time to build, yet when I get into the studio, the metal beckons and the cuts and curves take on a life of their own.  This is my favorite sculpture of all times – the sculpture that is about to become a reality.

_MG_1802

Posted in Contemporary Metal Sculptor, Contemporary Sculpture, Garden Sculpture, Kevin Robb Studios, Large Scale Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Stainless Steel Sculpture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment