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"Bela" totem

About

Completed

Early 2000

Current Owner

Red

Current Location

Mountain View, CA

Materials

oak, stell, poplar dowel

Finish

red mahogony stain


Details

Standing 16 feet tall, the sinewy form of Bela is carved from two 8-foot pieces of solid oak. Bela was completed over the course of approximately 6 months and was carved entirely by hand with a spoke shave. Because of the use of a spoke shave, Bela's form is inherently more 3-dimensional than the other totems.

Bela's twin spires share a rhythmic interchange throughout the entire totem, ultimately culminating with tangental conact of a shared sphere. The sphere levitates between the spires, finally bridging the gap so nearly closed several times before.