The story of Barkman... I've mentioned my Barkman sculpture before and some of you saw it at my Artworks show earlier this month. The question I got the most was, "How did you make that?" I'm going to tell and show you how he came to be.
I started by making a chicken wire form of a body. Then I packed newspaper and tape onto the form to build up a more convincing muscular structure. Next, I cut strips of burlap and dipped them in plaster and laid it over the newspaper. This hardened the sculpture which made it easier to attach the bark and to transport. Then I spray painted it brown to minimize the contrast of the bark and the white plaster. Lastly, I collected bark from dead trees and attached it with over 300 hot glue sticks.
The sculpture is supported by a plywood base and 2x4 support beams that were attached to the base and up the legs.
Barkman represents humanity's relationship with nature. When our bodies return to the earth, they take on a new relationship with nature and take on a role of physically replenishing the nature. This a different relationship than one we have while we are living. While we are living, the decisions we make every day effect the vitality of the environment we live in. He is the physical manifestation of our inextricable relationship with nature.
So, that's the story of Barkman!
He stands over 6 ft tall and is for sale for $550. He wants a good home!
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