PAT DOWNING METAL DESIGN

Contemporary Artist, Blacksmith and Instructor

Project Spotlight: Perfect Union

  • Looking down the fold as Pat opens it up.
    Looking down the fold as Pat opens it up.
  • Clearcoating the sculpture to protect the sculpture in the sun.
    Clearcoating the sculpture to protect the sculpture in the sun.
  • Finally in place at the San Diego Botanic Garden.
    Finally in place at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

"Perfect Union,” is on display at San Diego Botanic Garden as part of the annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit now through April 2014.

 

Like all unions or relationships, you have to put in a certain amount of effort to make it work. "Perfect Union" is no different: at first you find two individual sculptures, each unique unto itself. But with a little effort, a single heart begins to take shape and the two sculptures become the perfect union.

 

This is the first sculpture Pat worked on with a partner, his oldest son Tim. They started with two 16-inch by 10-foot sheets of copper then folded in half and hammered, creating texture and moving the copper into the curves to form each side of the heart.

 

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