Shark Attack Wall: Hanging

Shark Attack: Wall Hanging

I named this wall hanging “Shark Attack” for two reasons:

Through the millennia the Oak Creek Canyon and the Sedona area has been formed by a multitude of forces including geologic faults, wind, rivers and the ocean.  This wide variety of activity, except the ocean, is still forming the numerous beauty we see today. Some of these formations have acquired names over the years by what they appear to resemble.  Two such formations, the fin and thumb are visible from our dining room.

For over 30 years my family and I lived and surfed in a small neighborhood known as Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz.  Sightings of whales, dolphins, sand sharks and other marine life were everyday occurrences.  If you surfed in what is known as the red triangle, starting around Ano Nuevo, or near the deep canyons of Moss Landing, the risk of “big bite” increased.

The Process

I started with vellum taped to our dining room window and sketched the formations across Oak Creek Canyon.  This drawing was then transferred to a sheet of 18 gauge copper and the skyline was cut out.  Lines on the copper provided a reference for the formations and terrain.  To obtain the texture I used heat from a propane torch, a hammer and various other tools.  I was able to obtain the finished texture after numerous cycles of heat and hammer.  In order to stiffen the piece, a larger sheet of copper was soldered on forming the back of the sculpture.  By holding some of the sculpture away from the backing, I was able to add an element of depth.  Using straight ammonia and spraying with salt water in a closed chamber provided the patina for the sky.

Result

With clean water wash drying, it struck me that the sky colors warn of an approaching monsoon storm.  To protect the piece, a clear spray coat was applied and allowed to dry, then the 36″ x 14.5″ panel was hung in our living room. Now when someone enters they can see the formations on the other side of the canyon through my eyes.

I hope you enjoy not only the piece but the journey.

Richard

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Richard Schroeder is a retired general contractor, living in Sedona, Arizona. For many years, in his spare time, Richard has explored his creative side in various ways, in the restoration of historical houses, in his custom finish designs, and in his glass sculptures. His latest inspiration is the creation of sculptures that combine the use of copper, water, and lighting.


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