Update January 28

  • January 28, 2013 10:58 PM

So it’s been almost three months, but finally we’re back, and moving quickly. So far, all but a few portions of the new damselfly are completed. Yes that’s right! A new damselfly will be part of this new sculpture, although it’s design will be strikingly different from the previous one. This is going to be a large sculpture. Perhaps one of the largest in the Eden series. This week, we had another local artist, Tony Deschiney taking some amazing photographs of the work as Brandon, my father, Paul Wagner, and myself continued working on various parts and pieces. Brandon was hard at work measuring, cutting, and welding together the pieces that make up the underlying framework that all other portions will attach to. My dad worked on precision machining of parts for the body of the damselfly, and I worked on finish work to get the metal for various parts ready for paint. We also began working on color tests for the lotus leaves. A HUGE amount of work was either started, completed, or somewhere in between. Have a look at some of the great pics by Tony of the next sculpture in the Eden series, “Departing Samsara”. – Kyle

We’re back!

  • October 2, 2012 9:22 PM

With Odonata sold, it has provided the means and the impetus to continue developing the Eden series. A lot of design work has gone into the development of this next sculpture, along with a heavy helping of research on materials and the usual subject study. As a result, I think this next piece will take the Eden series to the next level. Over the next few weeks you will be able to see this work come together, and have an idea of the cooperation between the three people working on this sculpture to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Smarter design, careful planning, and a commitment to quality are all important to the evolution of my artwork, so I will be just as happy to see how all the up-front planning pays off. -Kyle

For now, have a look at some details of this new sculpture…

From concept to reality

  • December 17, 2010 11:50 PM

The project that nearly wasn’t is nearing completion. In all this time though, I had never seen it as it was intended, so I decided it was due time. I wanted to see it as “proof of concept” and all in all I couldn’t be happier. It also shows me what details I need to focus on. “The Seven Pagodas” is almost finished. I’ll be making a final post when it is done. Feel free to leave your comments, and be sure to check out the other pics on the Gallery page.


Odonata- Engineering artwork

  • January 4, 2010 11:18 PM

With the official launch of our studio website, I figured it was time to focus on the sculpture currently at Art One. This is the first sculpture in our developing Eden series entitled “Odonata” the order of dragonflies and damselflies. This work took quite a while for development and some serious consideration was given to the method of assembly. There are no visible welds anywhere on the damselfly itself, and no apparent way that the piece is put together. Many of the pieces were forge-worked and carved or machined into their final shapes from stock steel. The glass eyes were created using custom made molds to form them into shape at high temperature, and all four glass wings were hand-carved with a vein pattern that exactly matches that of a particular species. The paint scheme required many color tests and several trials before the final finish was achieved. The overall effect that is intended is to portray a creature with vibrant colors that is immediately given notice. I felt that it was important to model this after an insect that I don’t feel is given much notice, however is beautiful in its composition and various colors depending on the species. Take a closer look at the world around you. You never know what you might miss – Kyle

Special thanks: Paul Wagner, Terrill Deaton

                               Body during construction. img48003 Finished Odonata.

Odonata On Display At Art One Gallery

  • December 14, 2009 8:21 PM

The Odonata sculpture is now on display at the Art One gallery! Doors are open every Thursday evening for the Scottsdale artwalk. Check out their website for location and other visit times.

While you’re at Art One check out the work of other local artists. Kyle and I have been really impressed with the art here. You’ll find anything from thoughtful or beautiful, to downright funny. If you’re looking for fresh new art and people that are friendly and down to earth, this is the place to be!

Damselfly inside Art One. Damselfly inside Art One. Damselfly inside Art One.