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Installing the Metal Sculpture Isadora



Sandra Aska: OK. The sculpture is standing up, the head is on. Kevin, what are you attaching now?

Kevin Caron: The right arm.

Sandra Aska: Such a beautiful color.

Kevin Caron: Yes, it's purple.

Sandra Aska: It is purple. Let's hope it shows up purple in the film. The screws are red, the arm is purple, the head is yellow.

The Voice: Orange.

Sandra Aska: Orange? Yes, the head is orange. It looks yellow in here.

The Voice: You know, the plate system allows the arms and the legs to be powder coated different colors. And it allows the spring to work, to allow some movement.

Sandra Aska: It's a well-thought-out sculpture, I would say. It takes a lot of maneuvering.

Kevin Caron: It does. (hammering)

Sandra Aska: What are you doing there? Tapping in the screws to tighten them?

Kevin Caron: Making sure the bolts are tight in the sockets. These are hidden back behind the arms; now I've got to use an Allen wrench to tighten them.

Sandra Aska: How does it feel to hug that sculpture, Mary?

The Voice: I've got to try to keep it from turning so Kevin can get this screwed in. She gives a pretty good hug.

Sandra Aska: It looks good. I can see the reflection of your face in the shine. Beautiful! So, now we're putting on what, Kevin?

Kevin Caron: Now we're putting on her legs. And tighten this down and the installation should be all done.

The Voice: Well, give her a little cleanup.

Kevin Caron: We'll get a damp cloth to get the dust off of her and the fingerprints off of her.

Sandra Aska: She comes back from the powder coater's pretty dusty, doesn't she?

Kevin Caron: Yes, they make a lot of dust. Not only after sandblasting, but then painting and all the other work that's going on around her at the same time.

I'm sure she was perfect when she came out of the oven after being painted, but then they wrap her up in plastic and she got to sit in the storeroom for a couple of days and she wound up with a fine coating of dust all over her.

Sandra Aska: Kevin has just finished putting the leg on the outdoor sculpture Isadora, and you can see she's framed by a rose arbor and she's making a dramatic leap in the center of the rose arbor. And she's spinning; she's a glorious kinetic sculpture. Look at that. Are you happy, Kevin?

Kevin Caron: I am happy. I think the sculpture turned out pretty nice.

Sandra Aska: Excellent. Turn her this way a little more so everybody can see her.

Kevin Caron: I thought that the head was on backwards.

Sandra Aska: Final adjustments? There we are. We present you Isadora, a beautiful metal sculpture, installed in her new home.

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