Cliff Dwelling

Burl wood “rescue”

This burl wood sculpture “announced” its name to me before I ever began working on it. It’s natural deep penetrations and shelves reminded me of the dwellings created by the Anasazi Indians of the American Southwest.  It was my job to do abstract justice to the concept.

Cliff Dwelling, apple stump burl wood sculpture with deep penetrations, is an abstract interpretation by Harry Pollitt of the Anasazi dwellings.
The apple stump burl from which I sculpted Cliff Dwelling came from a pile of waste wood that was scheduled to be burned the following day!  But I rescued it.  Timing is everything — and I guess my timing has often been “in the nick of” since many of my natural sculptures are the result of such “rescues.”‘  In this case, the site was near Asheboro, NC, where the property owner was reclaiming a derelict apple orchard.

On a personal note, Cliff Dwelling occupies a special place in my own private collection. I’ve kept it because, while deep in thought sculpting this piece, I was struck with the realization that I had to propose to Gaye…and she said “Yes”! 

Cliff Dwelling  |  1′-4″ h, 1’-7” w, 12″ diameter | Apple Stump Burl | Private Collection of Harry Pollitt

Other Collected Wood Sculptures

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  • Morph X
  • Morph IX
  • Trapeze
  • Morph VIII
  • Morph V
  • Morph IV
  • Morph III
  • First Born
  • Morph
  • New Wave
  • Down Force
  • Gabriella
  • Pompeii and Raven's Peace
  • Pagoda
  • Up Draft
  • The Phoenix
  • Laughing Waters
  • Wind Drift
  • Desert Bloom
  • Splash Dance
  • Wind Swept
  • Escher Tide
  • Cliff Dwelling
  • Rhapsody
  • Nature's Ceremony
  • Torch Light
  • Brain Scan (Self Portrait)
  • Confluence
  • The Tortoise
  • Sea Ray
  • Breaching Dolphin

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