Thursday, August 12, 2010

Talent and Patience -Pencil Sculptures

Here's another 'made me stop and look', may be I'll make a series of these. Work like this not only takes talent and passion but an incredible amount patience. Those who know me know that I have the patience and dedication to pursue things I'm passionate about and sometimes may go overboard. But I can definitely say I lack this kind of patience. We're not going to address if I have this level of talent or not (#sheepishgrin).








Any guesses how long it took him to finish this series? I bet no one thought 2.5 years!


The creator of these incredible sculptures is 45-year-old carpenter, Dalton J. Paul Getty. He says, “When I was a schoolboy, I made gifts to my friends, carving out their names on a pencils. Later, I decided to try sculpture, and after a long searching the choice fell on a pencil lead.”

Tidbit: Getty definitely gets attached to his pieces (who wouldn't if you spend all this time on them). He keeps the broken pieces in what he calls the "cemetery collection".

5 comments:

mbsteblein said...

I saw several of these at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore a few years ago - I particularly loved the Elvis sculpture. However, as a collection, I admire the alphabet all lined up!

Shruti Goradia said...

mbsteblein I'm curious - how were they displayed? Did you need a magnifying device to fully appreciate them - I'm guessing you couldn't get very close to them.

Alefiyah said...

OMG - this is fascinating ! Must try and see these somewhere.

Shruti Mehendale said...

Amazingly lovely creation....

Gina at Gigi's Creative Designs said...

AMAZING and oh so talented. Thanks for sharing this with us.
THanks for swinging by my blog and leaving a comment, Ill stop by the Kodak both and meet you :) I look forward to it :)