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approach to steel sculpture" is what one writer called this art on
the Kansas hill. Unique diverse methods of construction use metal
bar, plate, pipe, and found pieces. Not all the pieces have a
literary reference, but it is a theme of many of the pieces and
scenes. I like "a different approach" better than "original" - the
word "original" is so overused in the art world. The main purpose of
my sculptures is to give people pleasure.
Steel for me
was the metal for today's sculptures using my representational,
expressional, impressionistic, or abstract styles. The maintenance
of properly built steel sculptures is probably less than most other
sculptural materials that have to be cared for once or twice a year.
To last steel should not be set directly in the ground and should
not have pockets in the structure that will hold water. As
Shakespeare wrote: water is a "sore decayer." I have tried to
designs that can be sandblasted and painted on all surfaces without
any closed areas. The flat plate pieces start from the center and
anything that might overlap another area is bolted on. The access of
all surfaces in the open steel bar designs is also assured.
What I have tried to
do is to find new ways to use steel in sculpture. I wish I
were young enough to explore more possibilities. I have
reached the point where I am selling the right to copy, to loan
or license photographs of my designs.
And in recent years I haven’t been able
to do much more than small pieces – birds, bouquets, etc.
The Hill is currently
closed (2016) due to old age.
However, as they say, “old age doesn’t last forever.” As Patricia
Rozena says at the end of her film of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park,
“what happened could have all turned out differently, but it
didn’t.” As for the Hill’s future, people have suggested
1. A school for steel sculptors
2. A sales gallery for the work of local sculptors.
3. A mid-America tourist attraction on Interstate 400
4. A sculptural tribute to “highly literate” English majors.
Perhaps a more appropriate future would be to let
the sculptures just deteriorate at their own rate: “By chance or
nature’s changing course untrimm’d.”
Feel free to send email using the link above, or write Sculpture
Hill, 10401 S.W. Boyer Road, Augusta, KS 67010.
Frank Jensen and "Sentinels of the Savanna"
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, Kansas