Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas
A digital re-creation of a bronze sculpture originally designed and constructed by Michael Dunbar. In his process, he works out the construction in wax first, developing each interlocking piece by hand with minimal drawings or reference plans. For the final assembly, the bold arcs and tight angles lock together seamlessly, creating an elegant and weightless centerpiece. The blueprint views of the sculpture featured in the background of "Embarkation, Three Rivers" are artifacts of the digital modeling process.
Santa Fe-based arts writer and editor Suzanne Deats describes in her monograph of the artist, "Michael Dunbar has balanced his sharply escalating renown as a sculptor with two decades as the coordinator of the arts and architecture program for the State of Illinois, which has enabled him to mentor the careers of hundreds of artists for over twenty years. Each of Dunbar's precisely crafted sculptures is a new entity rather than an abstraction of an existing one. They are concerned with ideas such as time, connection, and interaction. His formal influences include trestles, clocks, and navigational instruments as well as the cultural concepts of the heartland. His works are installed at universities, corporate headquarters, and sculpture parks throughout the country."