Chris Spollen
Winter Work 2017
Winter Work The neighbors are beginning to complain about the thick and voluminous white smoke that is spewing out of our side chimney at the factory. They also have reported strange noises and odd lights coming from the shops side windows in the wee hours of the morning. My only reply has been that I am simply doing what the voices tell me to do nothing more.
1857 the First Trans Atlantic Cable The telegraph was first developed by Samuel F. B. Morse, an artist-turned-inventor who conceived of the idea of the electric telegraph in 1832. President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged formal introductory On August 16 and complimentary messages. Unfortunately, the cable proved weak and the current insufficient and by the beginning of September had ceased functioning.
Caught this one off Midland Beach on the full moon high tide. {What a fight} I find it rather good on these winter mornings to simply walk along the cold and quiet beach to relax and get way from the shop. Working with metal and dealing with Da Vinci is rather intense. So the quite walks along the oceans edge are excellent ways to relax and simply ponder. But much to my surprise now even the driftwood is beginning to talk to me, and this fish said make me! Make me! What can I do the voices always lead the way.
The Mechanized Fish Wood and steel a rather hard catch Caught stranded on the frozen beaches edge
The Da Vinci Flyer # 8 “The Follett Flyer” 1476 This is outside the Da Vinci workshop in Florence Italy taken during his very intense period of investigation of mechanical flight. Da Vinci was very much engaged in the physical construction of quarter scaled actual mechanical flying concept designs. He would often hang them outside his shop so as to harden and dry in the warm afternoon sun .He was experimenting with various glues and resin fasteners looking for both lightness and strength. The town’s folk were very much enamored with these strange creations but they were not sure if they were art or science or possibly demonic. Some simply thought that Da Vinci was loosening his mind when in fact he was expanding it almost daily.
Detroit Steel It all began when this paten was submitted October 7 1919; the world's first mass-produced tractor the Fordson, production begins in Dearborn Michigan. The first genuine Ford tractor, called the Fordson tractor (because a misleading Ford brand not related to Henry Ford was squatting on the Ford name at the time), was a tremendous success in North America and Europe from 1917 to 1928. Ford of the U.S. left the tractor business in 1928. Ford Ltd of Britain continued to thrive with the Fordson from 1928 onward. Some British Fordsons were imported to the U.S. during the following decade.
Marie Antoinette] French: born Maria Antonia November 1755 – 16 October 1793), was the last Queen of France This Flying machine is said to have been one of Marias most favored pieces “Le Flotilla de La Dreams”. She loved both stories of adventure as well as stories of the far and distant seas. This sculpture for her seemed to encapsulate the best of both those worlds. The gondola of the balloon reminded her of all the great great sailing ships of her time. She was very much enamored with the entire series of “Flights of Fantasy” sculptures by the then local artist and sculptor Sir Christopher Le Spollen the first of Le Rouge Paris.
The home of Leonardo da Vinci 1516 – 1519 France In the autumn of 1516, Leonardo da Vinci arrived at the Château du Clos Lucé, his only known residence. Aged 64, he undertook his final journey, coming from Italy to settle in France. From Rome, he brought the entirety of his notebooks and sketches. The French King simply adored Da Vinci and his work This is a Chris Spollen enterpatation sculpture of an inspired Da Vinci Flying Machine concept piece. From Mr. Spollen’s new series “Flights of Fantasy”
Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system This was a fully adjustable static eclectic handgun prototype 1936 A prototype for the us army that never went into production
Beach Imaginations Drawing upon a not to distant past to create and make sculptures of new and strange images .A time of fun and wonder that is simply to hard to forget, as well as visually to rich not to remember. The beache a place of endless wonder and shear joy and adventure. All the videos are here:
French Balloons
New pieces form the always-in progress “Fantastical Balloon Series”. The Steam Powered Art Factory is very much alive with winter work. The hissing of steam pipes and the sound of boilers roaring with fresh coal production in the winter months is always on a major high.
Originally crafted for King Louie of France (The Sun King) 1834 1836. These were often referred to as the “Fantastical Series of Decorative Balloons” hand crafted by local artisan’s and metal smiths and made specifically for the king who himself was a passionate lover of all things flight. They were carefully placed throughout the castle and were much beloved by the ruling class as well as the local towns people. This entire set has recently been discovered in a dusty large wooden create deep within "The Steam Powered Art Factory" vaults, Staten Island New York simply amazing.
“The Excelsior Grand” 1836 France, and all metal steel framed balloon gas filled and steam powered flying machine. {This was often considered the heavy metal in its day.}
Special thanks to the now famous “Hell Cat” for spreading the word of my current “Decorative Balloon Series” an all metallic and wood sculpture series. She is Forever hanging up posters all about our small island and in places that I could never get to or fit into. Unfortunally I rarely see her for she tends to keep wee hours and works late into the night.
This is said to to have been two of the Kings two favorite pieces “The Leopold Flier” 1836 on left And “The Palantant Balloon” on the right
Hand crafted by French artisans and metal smiths then put on display by the King himself. Each piece was a rather ecletic representation of a somewhat fantasized and very decorative form of a flying machine. The more decorative the more beloved the pieces became, amazing {1834 1836.}
Still Sculpting
Strange how ideas just seem to pop up right after a good nights sleep. It is almost as if the brain had been processing ideas and fragmented thoughts through the night while the body is asleep. This is a fin concept for the “Chinese Flying Fish Sculpture” that I am currently working on. I grabbed a pen and with the first cup of coffee and draw it out like it had been just sitting there just waiting for me to sketch it up.
Chinese Flying Fish on a Midland Beach EarlyMorning A quiet still autumnal morning as the morning tide slowly rises , and the sun is just beginning to show its self as the gulls morning calls echo over the sound of the gentle waves. The Flying Fish contemplates its next move in the gray stillness of an early October morning “The Chinese Flying Fish” on Midland Beach 2016 Composed of steel, cast iron, silver-plated saucers, and plates,, and two part epoxy Measuring four foot high and three and a half foot wide
Had lots of fun making Robots with very enthaustic kids at Barnes and Nobel’s “Ted the Tin Man” as a big hit as he rolled into the store
The Peneington Submarine A three-man submarine designed and built in Bristol England 1924 A pure hybrid in that the Peneington had twin steam boilers yet she used an electric coil to make full steam power. She could dive to a depth of over two hundred feet and cruise at eight knots above the surface and six knots while below the surface while on pure electrical power. A true naval advancement for her time and she led to the development of bigger and faster British submarines This 2 D dimensional relief sculpture measures two foot by two foot It is comprised of Steel ,Copper ,Tin ,Glass ,Oak and two part epoxy.
The Rene Flyer 1592 Believed to have been a scale model of a working concept design by Leonardo da Vinci for one of his mechanical Flying designs. This piece was found in the south of France and was possibly part of King Louie’s “Fantastical Art Flight Collection”. e. As it turns out the king was very much enamored with flight, hot air balloons, and winged man’s flight. This sculpture measures four feet high and three feet wide it is comprised of steel, chrome, tin , as well as various hard woods.
Ships Bottom As if taken from Davey Jones locker itself, comes this strange and wonderful creation finely hand crafted from both metals and wood. This is a relic from a far distant past a form of an ancient sea dweller now at rest on the bottom of the ocean. A denizen form of some strange ancient sea creature the now survives in the image of this odd and somewhat engaging semi relief textural sculpture. This is a one and a half foot wide by fourteen inches high metal, wood, epoxy sculpture. (Materials: steel, tin, and oak)
Still Sculpting
Johnny BaGatto says any friend of Moe Green is a friend of mine; yes we will promote this Spollen guy and his stuff here in Atlantic City for sure! We are all family now, and we just need to wet our beaks a bit in return. As for art forgetabout it! But I kind of like these gun things he does kind of crazy! Wonderful hand crafted fanatical works of art made by the leading artisans of this time and designed by engineers with limitless imaginations. These eccentric weapons represent a truly magical part of a past time a magical science fiction world.
The Lafayette Space Pistol 1834 Standard Side arm on all French Space Missions 1834 France 1832 “The Lafayette” on its rechargeable stands a six shot short-range space weapon. A very well designed short range electric and hydrogen blaster hand crafted by “The Lagrange Craftsman Guild House of Paris” well liked among the aeronauts who used them while in space.
“The Pronto Blaster” England 1834 Michaels Faraday's research into electric flow and current and his duel passion for quantum physics led to the development of this odd weapon and very powerful weapon indeed. Electrically charged atoms could be forced and redirected into a single shot or as in this case a blast.
Captured in this print on the actual gantry of the French Rocket Ship “The La Salle” is The “Oscillating Over-Thruster Ray Gun” A true rocket pistol in real life. The time was nineteen thirty six and the destination was for parts of the universe still unknown
France and its Historic Electric Hydrogen Ray Guns 1834 All was well in the tiny but peaceful small French hamlet until “Angus The Mad Ape” gets a hold of the newly developed (Electric Hydrogen French Ray Space Gun} (The Libitour). All liquored up on high on he kings finest wine and very angry, Angus now proves to be a major threat and he thinks he is French, he is believed to be of Irish origins. So stay tuned to the up coming short film “Supermen’s Staten Island Journey” to see what happens with “Angus The Ape” and much more. (An outtake from short film still in the works}
This is a series of “Metallic Hot air Balloon Sculptures”. believed to have been presented To the King around 1712. He was a lover of art dance and music. These were created By several artisans and craftsmen of that period. It has been said that king Louie dad them placed all around his summer palace. It turns out that the king was a very strong lover of flight and was simply amaze with these art pieces!
XIV, France's Sun King A lover of Flight and strong Supporter of the Arts (1643-1715) The towns people simply loved this series “Metallic Hot Air Balloon Sculptures”. They pleaded with the king to make them public and put them on display. But try as he could the king could simply could not find a venue in which to display these fine works of art. Frustrated and some what angered he had them all melted down and turned them into armaments.The townsfolk were hearts broken when this information was leaked out.
“The Bonaparte Diving Helmet” French 1836 This was an advancement on the English Brenton Diving helmet of 1832 in that this design was the first attempt at a re-breathing apparatus. This was also combined with a hydrogen feed giving the diver a mixture of both gases oxygen and hydrogen in an attempt to avoid the Bends. This design meet with limited success. This helmet was able to achieve depths of over three hundred feet but he divers still complained of diving pains when coming up to the surface . The Bonaparte Helmet sculpture measures 18 “ high and 24 ” wide Its is composed from steel iron and brass and weighs twenty four pounds This is two in “the Antique Diving Helmet Hard Hat’s Sculpture Series” ,number three should surface off the shores of South Beach, God permitting and weather willing at the end of this month.
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