Sculpture

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Sat, June 1, 2019

Cecil C. Carstensen was born in Marquette, Kansas in 1906. In 1940, he moved to Kansas City with his wife Blanche and became a part of the art community. Carstensen primarily worked in wood carving, however, woodcut printmaking was another important medium. He taught wood sculpting at the Kansas City University and was President of MidAmerica Artists Association. He wrote "Craft and Creation of Wood Sculpting" in 1971.

Relief of August R. Meyer

Sat, March 9, 2019

This bas relief sculpture depicts August R. Meyer, Kansas City's first president of the Board of Park Commissioners, with great dignity. He stands in a powerful position looking into the distance while standing beneath a tree that frames the relief. An image of Meyer immersed in the field of his dedication and position is created by the use of specific attributes. He stands with binoculars in hand and instruments including a globe and scrolled documents appear at Meyer's side. Meyer's lasting reverence within city government would warrant such a piece.

Scales of Justice

Wed, May 15, 2019

This equal-arm balance scale is comprised of metal (likely brass) and weighs in accordance with the metric system. The most simplistic version of a balancing scale, the equal arm scale balance has been used throughout the earliest periods of history as an elementary lever. The oldest evidence for the presence of weighing scales is dated to circa 2400 to 1800 B.C. in the Indus River valley. This traditional scale consists of a fulcrum, or beam, a pointer, and two scale pans. The two scale plans ( plates) are suspended at equal distance from the fulcrum.

Spirit of Commerce

Mon, March 4, 2019

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Commerce. The female figure is clothed in a long dress with a pleated skirt and scale-like top complete with a bow tied at the waist. A flowing shawl is draped over the figure's shoulders and arms. Her face is nobly directed upward and outward toward the viewer. Her hair is pulled up and tied back creating a Grecian wreath-like style. In her right hand, she holds a flaming torch symbolizing progress. In her left hand, she holds the caduceous of Mercury. The Roman God, Mercury, symbolizes commerce.

Spirit of Industry

Wed, March 6, 2019

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Industry. The female figured is clothed in a pleated dress. A flowing shawl is draped over her shoulders and arms. The face of the figure looks nobly upward and outward at the viewer. The hair of the figure is short and accented with a headband. In the right hand she holds a sheaf of wheat representing agriculture. In the left hand she holds a distaff representing manufacturing. The figure, in her full stature, stands barefoot atop half of the world.

St. Peter's Dome Replica

Sat, February 23, 2019

This is a decorative model of a bell tower derived from the well-known Renaissance design of St. Peter's Dome. While not an exact replica of the dome, its interesting design puts it in the realm of imaginary architecture. In this sculpture, wooden beams replace the spire and painted coffers of the original dome. A hinge attached below the dome converts it into a lid that covers the cylindrical chamber below. The chamber, formed by a colonnade, encloses a spiraling staircase and rests on a weighted base. The wood used in the sculpture is oak and handcrafted with a French distressed finish.

Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla Glass Bowl

Wed, March 20, 2019

This glass bowl is adorned with cartographic collage images. Three layers of concentric circles, comprised of maps from antiquity, cover the surface of this ornamental bowl. The text, "Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla," is centered at the bottom and top of the bowl. Mythical figures and map representations predominate the outer and secondary circular areas. The inner circle depicts map images only. The entire surface of the bowl is illuminated with rich color, apart from eight smaller areas of the collage, that are rendered in black and white.

The HMS Victory

Wed, March 6, 2019

This small scale reproduction celebrates the HMS Victory, notable for the role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. The original ship, by the Royal Navy rating system, was considered first-rate because of the continuous decks that contained 104 mounted guns.

Wooden Sculpture of Figure

Wed, June 5, 2019

Cecil C. Carstensen was born in Marquette, Kansas in 1906. In 1940, he moved to Kansas City with his wife Blanche and became a part of the art community. Carstensen primarily worked in wood carving, however, woodcut printmaking was another important medium. He taught wood sculpting at the Kansas City University and was President of MidAmerica Artists Association. He wrote "Craft and Creation of Wood Sculpting" in 1971.

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