We have chosen to work with railroad-tie oak wood in combination with Bronze.
Working with railroad –ties is challenging, both technically and artistically. Although
initially they look similar, every piece is different and has its own character – like people:
some are twisted, some are cracked, some are bent, and the years have left their marks
and scars on them.
We try to preserve the natural form of the tie as far as possible. Often, it's the wood itself
that determines for us the final shape of the sculpture. We listen to the wood, and to the
clues emanating from it. Sometimes, we utilize the natural cracks in the wood to widen
them, or to crack it open. It is our role to listen to the wood, and "deliver" the sculpture
The combination of bronze and wood creates a fascinating dialog between the two
materials. Bronze and wood are opposing materials, bringing out the dark against the
light, the rough against the smooth, the masculine against the feminine. Together - they
create a complementing wholeness. The duality is emphasized by the general shape of the
sculptures – tall and slender – human-like, man-like and woman-like.
The final sculptures have a powerful defining presence, and one that interacts with their
surroundings. While each sculpture can stand on its own, we find them especially
appealing when grouped together. Their dialog and "human-like" appearance is thus more
prominent, and their impact enhanced.