Peter just packed his vehicle with a new, huge steel sculpture and took a trip to his Sedona gallery.
Lux was nearly impossible for Peter to build by himself. It’s back-breaking work building steel sculpture and this one is extra massive and heavy.
Building the Framework
Peter undertakes an intense process each time he builds his steel sculpture. Building the “steel canvas” includes first designing and welding the underlying steel framework to keep the wave stable. The rear framework is designed so that the art can be hung horizontally or vertically.
Rolling the Steel
Rolling is the next major step. Peter repeatedly heaves the 100 pound steel sheet onto his shoulders and into the manual roller. He then cranks the roller back and forth to achieve one dip in the steel. The wave then gets pulled out of the roller and again he gets under the steel to feed the 10 foot sheet of steel into the roller. He repeats this process for each undulation of the steel wave.
Making Steel Holographic
Grinding the steel comes next. Peter has his own technique and it’s part of what makes his steel sculpture unique. Grinding gives steel that the amazing holographic effect that makes the art dance with light. Peter spends hours grinding the entire sculpture three separate times to give the steel that amazing depth. This is what the grinding is like:
Applying color to a massive sculpture is an aerobic activity. Peter applies countless layers of color in shimmering combinations.
After painting, the sculpture needs a special clear coat applied to prevent fading or rusting. After the spray was dry on Lux, Peter packed it up and with the help of the gallery owner, delivered his newest piece to Renee Taylor Gallery in Sedona.
Find Lux at Renee Taylor Gallery in Sedona’s Tlaquapaque. Lux: 108″x48″x4.5″, $13,000.