It took me about a week and I emailed the old school head, the 2 retired art teachers and no one really could tell me the name of the artist. I had bits and pieces and I finally heard back from one of my sources and did a little "Goggle-ing" to come up with what had been given and a possible link to the artist. How crazy is it? I Googled. I emailed. I explained our situation and I sent a photo of the sculpture. And, Michael Todd the artist emailed me back!!! Wahooo...I was so excited that now I finally had the story of where this sculpture came from - you know art teachers, they like a good story!
Below is a chain of events that took place in the emails:
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. THAT IS DEFINITIVELY MY BABY. It is so good to see her again. I have thought of her over the years and wondered how she was doing with Jehan. She certainly needs some restoration. The paint is Rustoleum's Damp proof Red Primer. I would recommend sanding off any rust down to clean metal and then reapplying a primer coat. The final color is optional, though I do like that dull red. I also like a bright yellow.
Formally, the piece plays with the cliché of the tripodal form that is often used by sculptors to get the main body of the sculpture off the ground. For me the "legs of the sculpture" became the emphasis of the work, held together by the triangle. So the body of the sculpture becomes three bodies, held in trialog by the "three graces" of the different leg forms. One could also say that the piece flirts with the idea of the Judgement of Paris, three beauties judged by the god Paris.
This sculpture was never permanently anchored down, which permitted Jehan to drag it along on her various moves across country. I realize that you may need to have it finally anchored down with bolts or welded to steel plates anchored in concrete peers. Do whatever feels best, and least obtrusive. You might get some advice from local
sculptors or conservators. Do keep me abreast of the progress on the restoration. I will look up Amanda on the site that you mentioned.
I am thrilled to see a more public home for my baby.
Best regards for the Holidays,
I emailed Michael Todd and he responded...
You have done a wonderful job,
Restoring my sculpture. I am soooooooooooooo pleased. If steel sculpture has feeling, it must deeply
great full to you. Jehan must be pleased also. I like the circular bed of gravel and the location near the art building very much also. Please give my thanks to all those who assisted you in your efforts.
Kudos and bravos to all of you art lovers.