Announcement Poetry in the Sky--The Mind-blowing Weathervanes of David Smith
Poetry in the Sky--The Mind-blowing Weathervanes of David Smith
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This is the place where the moment is liquidus, and children fly close to the sun: The mind-blowing weathervanes of David Smith.
Like a lot of people, I used to toil at a mundane office job. I worked for ten years as a proofreader in the Book Division of Gulf Publishing Company, and later as an editor in the Composing Room at the Houston Chronicle. I was never happy in the stifling 9 to 5 corporate environment. In 2001, a series of odd coincidences, perhaps fate, led me to discover that I had some artistic talent.
I never had a single art lesson or any previous art experience. One day I started playing around with some scrap copper and found that I had this weird, instant ability to sculpt using what I now know is called the "repousse" technique. I have often heard stories about people who, for example, with no previous experience, could sit down at a piano and play beautiful music. I always thought those stories were exaggerated but now I understand they are true because that is exactly what happened to me. Sculpting with the repousse technique had a natural and easy feel to it, as if it were something I had always done.
My first piece was a dragon weathervane and it turned out so well that a friend encouraged me to try to sell it. I had no confidence in myself and told my friend that it would not sell. After much persistence on her part, I told my friend that I would list the item for sale on eBay just to prove her wrong. I was *stunned* when it not only sold but I had a dozen people asking me to make weathervanes for them. That dragon went to a buyer in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and it was the beginning of my career as a full-time weathervane sculptor. Someday I would like to go to Hopkinton and see that precious dragon blowing on the steel breeze and basking in the golden light of late afternoon sun.
Weathervane sculpture is a lost art and I quickly found a niche; over time I developed a faithful clientele of art collectors/patrons, architects, home builders, galleries, etc., who have continually supported me for years. It still amazes me that people are willing to buy anything that I make.
People often say to me, "I wish I could discover some hidden talent like you did." I believe everyone has artistic talent, but few people ever learn to tap into it. For me it was a serendipitous discovery: I didn't choose art, it chose me. That, and the fact that I spent literally thousands of hours' time studying classical art--mostly from the Baroque Era--plus a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Never be afraid to follow your dreams--anything is possible.
My weathervanes have been featured on the Discovery Channel's Monster House series; on PBS's Antiques Roadshow; in the permanent collection of the Tesla Science Center and Museum at Wardenclyffe; in the Wall Street Journal; New York Daily News; Houston Chronicle; the Houston Press; Britain's Mental Floss Magazine; Wikipedia; on the long-running television program The Texas Country Reporter; a cover/feature story in Fort Bend Focus Magazine, and most recently my oil painting, "Tropical Storm, Veracruz, Gulf of Mexico," was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize and featured in Hunting International Oil Services' 2014 Annual Report. Additionally, I was one of the first artists to be designated a "Texas Original" by The Texas Commission on the Arts.
Notable commissions include weathervane for Discovery Channel Productions (Burbank, CA); weathervanes for the historic Victorian home of Heinz Ketchup CFO Paul Renne (Pittsburgh, PA); weathervane sculptures for PBS's Antiques Roadshow producer Robert Marshall (Boston, MA), and Larry Levinson Productions (Los Angeles, CA); oil painting for songwriter Jimmy Webb (Bayville, NY).
My weathervanes are punishing the wind in 45 states in the U.S., as well as in seven foreign countries. And the wind cries. . .Mary.
A few of my interests are psychedelics, politics, spillways, electricity, train-hopping, tornadoes, tomcats, hawks, owls, and nightmares.
--David Smith, Sculptor
Owner, Sculptor, Janitor
I use Earth elements (Copper, Silver, Bismuth, Fire and Wind), sculpting techniques developed by myself, and Old World metalsmithing techniques to create some of the finest hand-forged architectural elements, especially weathervanes.
I use pure Earth elements--copper, silver, bismuth, fire and wind--to create truly mind-blowing copper weathervanes.
Making copper weathervanes is like alchemy, in that there is a division of the work into practical effort and visionary reward.
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