Morph II

“Tasked” to stand horizontal and vertical

Until now, I have done a few horizontal pieces, but none have been as large as my Windshake Walnut wood sculpture, Morph II — and none were “tasked” by me to stand both horizontal and vertical.

Standing vertically, Harry Pollitt's wood sculpture in Windshake Walnut

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Got the right trajectory…and met in the middle

That’s part of my joy — searching for new expressions that challenge both my design and execution capabilities. Sure, I could use my engineering background to get the piece to stand upright structurally, but what would it look like?  Pleasing?  Agreeable? Or otherwise?  What I found, and I’m not sure why I was surprised  by the Morph II outcome, was that it looked like two very different pieces.

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The key?

Experimentation and not being afraid to take risks are key to pushing the bounds.  The risk is investing considerable time and energy and ending up with something useless.  But if I don’t try, don’t push, then I don’t grow.  And with each success comes added experience and added confidence.  Even with the occasional failure (which, in time, becomes fewer) much is learned and gained.

From a technical perspective, the specific elements of what makes a piece as large as Morph II more challenging may not be so obvious.  It begins with peering into the

 

deep interior to perceive what will happen when both sides meet in the middle.

Further, it’s getting the trajectory of the penetrations right, protecting wall thickness and plotting the flow of the lines as they move deeper.  “Seeing” the intersections and flow through and through is like playing three-dimensional chess.  Every bit of material removed from one side affects what happens on the other side.  I refer to the process as “sneaking up on it.”  Removing a bit from here, then there, little by little, until the design and flow come together, agreeably.

Morph II  |  V: 1′-6″ h, 1′-2″ w, 9″ d | H: 1′-2″ h, 1′-6″ w, 9″ d | Windshake Walnut | Inquire.

Creating Morph II

Windshake Walnut vertical stump.  No more than a slight glimmer in Pollitt's imaginative eyes for his wood sculpture, Morph II
Nothing more than the stump and inital design lines chalked on what will become Morph II, wood sculpture by Harry Pollitt
Evidence of Pollitt's initial wood sculpting efforts on Morph II. Remaining design lines in chalk ride the ridges of sculpted valleys
A long way from the rough wood stump, Morph II is pictured fully sculpted, awaiting Pollitt's final finishing process.
Sitting horizontally is Morph II, completed Windshake Walnut wood sculpture, revealing sweeps, curves and dynamic penetrations.

Other Available Wood Sculptures

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  • Oceania
  • Chocolate Twist II
  • Chocolate Twist
  • Charybdis
  • Morph VII
  • Moab
  • Infinity Rising
  • Morph VI
  • Morph II
  • Split Personality
  • Monument Mesa
  • Womb with a View
  • Passages into the Void
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Cross Current
  • Wave Length
  • Amphora
  • Cherry Twist
  • Ra
  • Call of the Wild
  • Wind Dancer
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Untitled 01-03
  • Flug Ober Muotatal
  • Both Sides Now
  • Gaia
  • Georgia

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