Alison Lee Cousland - 11:11 Environmental Sculpture

Process

Behold the beauty of all life forms

That depend on the ocean for their existence

Scattering all your shining pearls

Beautiful Mother. ~Ally

 

There are times when it helps me to remember:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.

Concerning all acts of initiative ~ And creation ~ There is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. ~Attributed to Goethe.

Practical Considerations

Instead of the grounding base being bolted onto either side of flat panels ~ The grounding base will now be WITHIN the triangular shape. It may just need to be a hollow triangular frame that can be easily filled with weights and sand ~ And then bolted to the three rectangles of perspex: 2 x .5 meters. All below the surface so the 11:11 will appear to rise from the earth.

If it’s not permissible to add a mound of earth on top of the grassy area: The base support will be grounded with heavy lead weights, between the rock and grass level: And then triangles made from metal filings bonded in resin would be used above the ground level.

To strengthen the outer structure: There may be 3-5 horizontal triangular structures, with their ‘tips’ cut off and resting against the middle of the counterpart side of the outer triangle ~ Made from transparent perspex, 6 mms in thickness.

Clips: The rectangular sides of each triangular structure will be held together by well designed transparent clips that slot into holes cut along the sides of the perspex. At this stage I don’t know how many will be necessary.

 

First experimental Orgonite ‘Tile’ ~ 100 x 100 mms

 

Working in Collaboration with Living Apartment

I had a few ideas about the constuction of the 11:11 inner structure and how to attach the Orgonite Tiles to it ~ But many of the ‘unknowns’ only fell into place after discussions with the owner of Living Apartment.

And every time another ‘challenge’ was resolved, the concept of the sculpture  became more doable, which gave me the extra confidence to be able to keep moving with the entire project.

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11:11 Sculpture Model: Front: Air

 

These 20 Orgonite Tiles will be attached to the front of the transparent structures of the 4 triangular panels of the scale model of the 11:11 Sculpture.

Materials include copper spirals & coils, white quartz stones, quartz & amethyst crystal, shells, silver, aluminum & other metal filings/coils.

This working model is required as part of the 11:11 Environmental Sculpture project ~ As a sculpture in its own right, it will be exhibited in the Sculpture Indoor section of Sculpture by the Sea 2011.

 

Ally ~ Alison Lee Cousland

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  1. I loved the quote from Goethe, really inspiring and certainly a struggle every time I am gearing up to proceed. And I love the description of your work and the image of the Orgonite Tile. To create detail in the surface that is intimate will be a wonderful surprise as people approach your piece. Best of luck and look forward to more.

    Comment by Nick Buccalo — August 29, 2011 @ 5:32 pm
  2. Thanks so much Nick. I remember being really inspired by the last part of the quote: ‘Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it’ when I first saw it on a poster ~ Even bought the poster.

    Reading the full quote recently, I could really relate to the beginning: Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.

    And totally resonate with the middle: Concerning all acts of initiative ~ And creation ~ There is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

    Comment by Alison Lee Cousland — September 17, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

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