The urgency to create this sculpture was so powerful, that I took my original wax work to a family dinner party and worked on it there.

Having enjoyed my boys when they were babies, I remembered how they would come and hug us around the legs when Jack and I would hug. The image was so powerful in my mind, that I was obsessed to execute this particular design on a small scale. 

This particular sculpture is one that has influenced so much of my work because it expresses some of my deepest feelings. Hugging has always been a cherished activity on my part. 

This was the first job that I did with my two southern Russian friends from Armenia. I learned that even though we couldn't communicate in English, we could work together as sculptors. 

I started with clay, made plaster molds, pulled the castings in concrete and hammered the copper around each piece of the concrete and then welded it together. We used a copper repousse' technique on this. This piece is part of my permanent collection.


Later, I created a bronze casting of this piece from a mold made of the copper repousse'. It can be seen in front of the Glendale Public Library in California. 

The size is 7'6" x 3'6" x 3'6".

I also made smaller versions (5'6" high) cast in bronze. The photo above is of one that is in front of Mayo Clinic in Austin, Minnesota. Macquettes are given to retiring doctors and benefactors of the hospital. 

Read a letter about this sculpture here.

metoo macquette

 

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