Saturday, July 18, 2015

I arrived here in the Tvedahlen quarry in mid April 2015. And now, after 3 months of relentless work, wind, rain, glaring sun, and endless skies, the sculpture is finished.
It has been an incredible journey, with 2 blokes turning up in 2 cars full of tools, and transforming a 30 ton block of granite into this. Right now, I feel strangely emotional, so I leave you with the suggestion to have a look how it was done:

And my next stop will be Carrara, Italy, where I will beginn with the work on the marble plinths for this sculpture.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Today is a sad day, as it marks the end of Raphael Beils' involvement in the making of "thoughts in a bent curve".
Raphael has been truly great, unstoppable in his pursuit to perfection, hard working and simply a great buddy to spend 3 month in a quarry with. His knowledge of the material, relentless work ethic and attention to detail has been instrumental in the success of producing this piece and I will be ever grateful for that, and certainly hope, that it will not be the last time we will work together in this most beautiful stretch of the world.

This was the preparation to the final , very difficult lift, where we placed the sculpture on the transport frame.
Here, Raphael and our great driver Tony discuss on the 1:5 model, how to perform the lift and subsequent placing of the work. These were nervous moments, but it all went very well, and it was the first time, I saw my sculpture in its' final position!

This is a time laps of putting the sculpture into an up right position and placing it onto the transport frame. The whole procedure took about an hour.

Most of the week we then spent working the last deep channel and honing the top, as ever, under an endless Norwegian sky...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Let's start with a song, here , Raphael Beil with another rendition of an ACDC (?) song... 
There is reason to celebrate, as we have reached an important milestone: we finished all work in this horizontal position, after working relentlessly since mid April. So, let's celebrate, even if it is with an ACDC song...

 The last 2 weeks in June, we spent with grinding and honing the front surface of the sculpture. The weather has finally turned to summer, and we had glorious days, where we worked under endless skies, with the sun hardly ever setting.
It never reached the dizzy heights as in central Europe, which was experiencing a heatwave, here, we reached 20 celsius, almost too hot , if one has to work on a job like this one....

This is the base of the sculpture, with the stainless steel in sets, that will connect with the plinths. This is the proof that we even polished areas , one will never see again once installed...
This is me champfering and polishing the edges. And yes, I definitely prefer the warm summer days

And finally, our man Tony drops off the newly commissioned frame, prepares the ground and we try to get our head around how to best place the sculpture on the frame in the coming week. 

A finishing wash and a visit from a horse fly....