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Artist Kevin Caron Adds Metal Leaves to an Outdoor Sculpture



The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing?

Kevin Caron: I'm playing hopscotch in the studio today. I'm trying to dance around in between the branches of this metal sculpture, trying to lay out all these leaves.

This is a vine sculpture I'm making. It's going on the wall right outside the front door of a house.

Iím laying out all these leaves, trying to figure out exactly where I want them, before I get the welder out and tack it all together. Then I can stand it up and see how it looks.

Right now I'm focusing on figuring out what shape I want where and where I've got right hand and left hand leaves, such as what you see right here.

I've got some other little leaves I may cut off, just to get a little different shape, a little half-a-leaf shape; a little curlicue like that. I'll just cut him off right in there. Ah, he may go on the other side.

Then I'll weld them all together and see how it looks.

This is made out of solid steel rod that was textured at the factory to look like tree bark. These are hollow steel. You can see where they put them together inside where they just took a flat piece of steel and rolled it all over to make a big coil out of it, or make a stem out of it. Then they hammered that piece down to put the little leaf pattern and the veins in it. It's all done on a power hammer, probably.

It took maybe three or four minutes to form it. These took maybe five minutes altogether to form.

With a welding completed, I'll take it to the powder coater and have them clean it up, spray paint it with some greenish tint to make it look like a vine, and then we'll install it at its new home.

This is called CrissCross, by the way.

Well, I've got to get back to work, so you guys have fun. I'll see you in next week's video.


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