Steel + Mosaic Fence with Tumbling Acrobats

Steel + Mosaic Fence with Tumbling Acrobats

Acrobat Fence, 2002
steel, Durock, porcelain, paint
48 H x 120 W x 2 in D

These graceful figures suggest both the motion of their dance and the music that moves them. The obvious joy of the figures is engaging— but their simplicity is what really captivates us. We can easily see ourselves, someone we know, or the person we might like to be in this dance.

The simplicity of these figures allows them to fit nearly any story or culture. Equally flexible, the materials are suitable for creating functional work such as fences, railings and furniture or more decorative projects such as relief murals.

Check out the wonderful garden fence I made for Howard Hast & JoAnne Olsen— telling the story of their life together through a series of figures. If you’re interested in commissioning a unique piece to express your own story or ideas, please contact me.

This fence is just one quarter of the original design. Here’s the drawing that shows the full four sections (click the image to see it larger).

Acrobat fence original full drawing

And here’s a slide show that shows each f the four figures in close up.