|1999. Bronze, aluminium. 170x75x57 cm
|1986. Mixed media. 99x56x43 cm.
Doorman sculpture '99 and maquette '86
1985 I was approached by a young Houston, Texas business man to
create a sculpture to be a present to be given to the former Soviet
Union. This was of course during the Reagan / Gorbachov era of Glasnost!
The invitation was, I think, a spontaneous fantasy of this fellow’s
after returning from a visit to Russia that year. I believe he felt
empowered to push for such a grand gesture due to his excursion
here to Moscow and Russia’s tourist venues around the capitol region.
As I would learn in later years Russia and the Russian people are
seductive, challenging, and provoke a desire to become involved.
This young guy was hooked and I feel he wanted to endear himself
to this intriguing place. And further his possibilities.
Well I took him seriously and pursued the request with my usual
manic enthusiasm. I ultimately produced a model titled “Doorman”;
having to do with the concept of opening minds and borders to embrace
the family of man; breaking down the barriers of misunderstanding
“Doorman” did not make it as the young gentleman’s present! He had
other fish to fry after recovering from his post trip euphoria.
And, coincidentally, his twin brother took up sculpture shortly
thereafter and produced and derivative version of my concept, which
was not realized or presented to the Soviet Union, either.
|The model or maquette remained in my collection and made the ultimate
trip to Russia when I moved here in 1993. However, the piece was
damaged beyond repair in transit, except for the figurative portion.
I ultimately took a mold of the figure and cast it in bronze for
In 1999 I finished a sculpture titled “The Doorman” with the same
universal concept in mind in permanent materials.
“The Doorman” is now in the collection of Art College No. 332, named
for Karl Faberge’, in Moscow, Russia; where I have had my studio
for the last fourteen years.