Chris Spollen
Trains and Tracks and Flying Machines
Wow this is Big!
This in the third in the series of “Trains and Tracks” sculptures. “The 1936 Atlantic Streamliner” She is three-foot wide and two feet high Composed primary of metals, steel, brass, and aluminum with just a tickle of some fine hard woods.
Daydreaming Rocketships On the 5:40 Am Express Bus to NYC I suppose I am day dreaming once again as the nuns used to scream in my ear Mr. Spollen again!!! But this is exactly where the ideas come from as people often ask me how do you do it? The secret is to simply disconnect from this crazy world and let the mind’s eye do its thing. The more you do it the more the mind enjoys this activity and creates on an even higher level. My friends and neighbors have been bringing me wonderful boxes of high quality metals and very excellent recyclable materials. For this I am very grateful because the quality of my sculptures is going up as a result. And as I constantly remind my students making and creating art is a gift it’s also a very joyful activity. Le Grand Rocetship De Pirie 1904 {An all-metal piece}
The doors of international trade and commerce have opened once again and the Steam Powered Art Factory has just sold eight pieces of art to China! My wife invited two very nice Chinese couples to our home and studio. The husbands are both high ranking architects in China and loved looking at the homes and buildings on my Staten Island guided auto tour. On arrival to our studio, they kind of went nuts with the amount of art they were confronted with. Well to make a long story short they both asked if they could buy some of our art and if we could deliver them to NYC eight pieces! I was completely shocked to find out that some art will appear in NYC and some will go to China to be displayed in a new custom high-rise apartment they just finished building simply amazing. What I have realized from this experience that the language of art is universal it knows no boundaries or countries. (for example, ““The French Ray Gun 1902 and, and the “King George flier 1798’ seem to be likes by many.}
Well it’s off to China Two French Balloon sculptures from my recent “Fantastical Balloon Series “were recently purchased and are now setting off for China where they will have a new home in a just built brand new Chinese luxury apartment building. I hope I got the weight to lift ratio right this is a verylong flight and they are coal burners. They are both proudly flying their red flag’s signaling that our international journey has now officially begun.
All Hail the King, “The Sun King Louie” as he goes flying Several art historians all exerts single handly agree that this art piece is from about 1704 France. And it is believed that then king of France “Louie The Sun King” himself owned this peculiar and very intricate sculpture. He was a very passionate collector of the arts, and was completely amazed by anything to do with flight, balloons, and or flying machines. While others simply say oh my god this is just another “ Chris Spollen” from his on going sculpture recent series “Le Balloons De Fantastical”,
Art & Fantasy
"The Shanghi Hellcat" first presented “The Trains and Track Series” on stage in the Hailstorm Theater England in 1904. The crowd loved the sculptures so very much as they were slowly brought onto the stage one by one cheers and yells were heard throughout the hall. So for 2017 we are bringing back by popular demand once again a new series of sculpture’s entitled “Trains and Tracks”.
“The Trains and Tracks” Sculpture Series continue Fully formed and freestanding train sculptures made for bits and pieces of almost anything and everything I can find a get my hands on. Metal, wood, steel, and an occasional stone or two.
"Old Faithful" at the Willimantic Linen Co Old faithful would always take you up to the factory and back; Old and slow but she was always faithful Always got you they’re and back no matter what.
The Aluminum Streamliner Locomotive 1938 A streamliner is a vehicle incorporating streamlining in a shape providing reduced air resistance. The term is applied to high-speed railway trains of the 1930s to 1950s, and to their successor "bullet trains". Less commonly, the term is applied to fully faired recumbent bicycles! This is a rather large piece measuring over three-foot across and a foot and a half high. Bigger to make and a bit heavier to carry to locations but so much fun to make what can I say its train time! This is an all metal and some hard wood construction with various diverse materials and components some salvaged and some simply recycled.
My wife and I were invited to show some our recent work at the local JCC Center. Much to our surprise several pieces have taken flight, and flown away much to my amazement. Yes the membership purchased several of our pieces and they seemed to be very happy fans simply amazing!!!
Make It!
Make it! Think it! Sketch it! Ink it! Make it! “The Steam Powered Art Factory” is under full production mode these days Work continues on a second new series “Trains-Track’s”, metal, wood, steel, and an occisional stone or two. Fully formed freestanding train sculptures made for bits and pieces of almost anything and everything I can find a get my hands on. These new pieces of art are approximately three foot in width and approximately two and a half foot high. They are getting heavier, so the trains are made to be removed from the tracks for ease of transport. The current piece jut completed is titled “Heart Brake Rail “
Greener Pastures If profits continue to rise might be looking to expand the Company to greener pastures
Another piece form my ongoing series of "Work –Boats"“, The Brooklyn Bay Boiler”
Morning Flight,”Dawn Patrol”
The Da Vinci Flyer #6 Florence Italy1464 This design is thought to have been a far more of a decorative piece then a practical flight concept design. This one it is believed to have been a rather decorative art piece rather then a true mechanical study of a flying machine. This could possibly be an early example of Leonardo’s playfulness. Its possible he was also trying to get the church and in particular the then archbishop interested in his work hence the eloarbete enbilismnet and complex shapes. The peculiar piece was discovered in the home of the Medici family in Florence.
Georges Méliès: A Trip to the Moon (1902) How could one not resist the making of his rockeship And a special shout out to Vincent Di Fate who gave me this summer a copy of the eighteen-minute 1902 French film Simply amazing! This sculpture is a freestanding two-foot high rocket ship. Composed of both steel and wood it has a bit of a Victorian flavor
A Forgotten Past
A Now Forgotten Pats (Work and Boats} This is a current series of semi relief sculpture that I have now been working on an off.
A once proud fishing workboat she now sits idle on the shoreline. An all-wooden marvel in her time she was once considered the pride of the fleet. She now sits silently on the shoreline her once proud wooden hull slowly deteriorating in the midday sun. A forgotten piece now of an almost forgotten time once a way of life for the fishing folks along the islands small but very fertile short line.
A Now Forgotten Past {old tools} As we trade in our father’s old tools for more and more powerful smart phones and even more powerful new apps. I wonder are we truly getting smarter or are we now getting softer.
Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (Mementos from a Parallel Universe) A Dr. Dr. Zarkov designed side arm a four shot blaster classic for his partner Flash Gordon’s protection. Composed off brass, steel, and oak this is a classic ray gun for sure ray gun for sure. Dated around ninteen twenty-eight, found on a Hollywood California back lot. A true collectors item this sculpture is composed of steel brass and oak. It sits very proudly on its space deck removable base and measure’s a foot and a half wide by a foot in height.
The Lord James Flyer 1784 British Folk Art {Art from a Parallel world} A most popular piece of early English folk art dated around 1788. The Lord James piece was a much produced in various sizes and proudly hung reproduction art piece. It could be found in both pubs and homes in and around England. It was mass produced piece inexpensively created from cast pewter molds and combined with inexpensive poplar or pine wood pieces. It was a very much prized art piece and was a welcome treat inside many British estates. This is a Lord James Flyer piece oddly spotted in France recently hanging outside a now defunct French brothel named the “Le Femenick De Pleasure Parlor”.
The Moon Rocket Ship {Art from a parallel world series} A stainless steel and silver-plated hand crafted Rocket Ship a Victorian Fantasy piece, believed to be from the Victorian Era England. A very much Jules Verne inspired table display art centerpiece. {Jules Verne February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. A very much coveted centerpiece display of the then financially well off within in the newly emerging middle class of England. This was a result of the industrial era boom in earning as well as leisure time and the distribution of new wealth to the then new middle class. {The Industrial Era anew manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840} Most likely made by the leading metal smiths and jewelry makers of the day. This is a rather large piece a free of standing art its three foot high and foot and half wide an all metal center piece
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