In the life and career as an artist, few things are more inspirational and exciting than the decision to experiment with a new and arduous material such as course-grained igneous rock. Richard Erdman announces a new commission in Brazilian Blue Granite, to be completed for the public collection of the Hunter Douglas Corporate office in Lucerne, Switzerland.
This exotic material is typically used within the context of simple, small-scale architectural projects, due to its high cost as well as the skilled artistry required to carve it. Erdman explains, “It’s an intimidating medium, but I had been circling it for years. Once the form for Blu Fleur, the title of the piece, had materialized, I knew that it could only be carved from Brazilian Blue Granite.”
Taking on this extraordinarily complex stone was bold, but to go as far as to create a sculpture eight feet in height from this material is positively audacious! Blu Fleur will be carved from a 12-ton block of Brazilian Blue Granite, and will be the largest sculpture in the world carved from this material, when complete. Erdman is no stranger to risky, monumental works - his sculpture Passage, found in the permanent collection of the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo, is the largest in the world carved from a single block of Italian Travertine.
Blu Fleur is elegant yet powerful; it emulates water bursting, a frozen stone arcing upward and outward, capturing the movement of water. Erdman is known world-wide for his sculptures that sit, appearing to float on water; Grande Eleos, Crescendo, andCuore Rosa are a few examples of the way in which he is able to unite stone upon water. “What I love about this piece is that it allows me the opportunity to move from marrying stone and water to creating a piece that actually emulates water. This piece feels more active, more alive, and the body of the Brazilian Blue Granite looks as though there is an active flow beneath its surface.”
Blu Fleur will be completed at the Artist’s studio in Carrara, Italy.