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Paul Hilliard's Sculptcycle entry:

I am making a sculpture out of bicycle parts for an event in Montpelier VT called SculptCycle

Sculptcycle sculpture -Truck full of bike frames

March 7th -Here is a load of twenty bike frames fresh from the scrap yard. Needed to drive to Burlington to get them, but they were free so that's ok.

Sculptcycle sculpture - cutting bike frames

March 7th - Let the carnage begin! Sawzall works well for this part.

Sculptcycle sculpture - Paul Hilliard's studio floor with bike parts

Mid March- Cutting cutting cutting...It takes a lot of bikes to make enough tubing for what I am working on.

Sculptcycle sculpture - bikes in the snow

March 30th - Snow bikes.

Group of three sculpture by Paul Hilliard

Naturally, I had other stuff to work on at the same time. I finished three other smaller metal sculptures for shows at the Southern Vermont Art Center and The Carving Studio. Here is one of them called "group of three" Oh, and I went to Florida for a family vacation too

amazing sand turned into a sand sculpture by artist Paul Hilliard The sand was amazing at this beach!

Ok back to work! Here's what has been going on in May.

Sculptcycle sculpture - frame of "ex-car-ceration" by Paul Hilliard

The frame of my "car" sculpture.

Sculptcycle sculpture - tool for bending metal tubingThe wheel arches needed to be bent, so I visited a friend's well equipped metal shop where I made the bends on a Hydraulic bender like this.

 

Sculptcycle sculpture - Paul Hilliard working on sculpture

Back in the shop to do some grinding.

Sculptcycle sculpture - trying on the wheel

Ok, the wheel fits now, and the basic shape is there too.

Sculptcycle sculpture - welding tubing

Sculptcycle sculpture - looking like a jail cell

Adding bars to the sides. The bent bars on the side are where the driver escaped.

Sculptcycle sculpture - by Paul Hilliard of gootyam.com

My sculpture is entitled: "Ex-Car-Ceration" - resembles a jail and giving the idea that someone who had been driving has now escaped. We are prisoners of our cars.

Sculptcycle sculpture - with steering wheel

More bars and a steering wheel. All parts are from bicycles. The larger tubes for the main frame and smaller tubes fill in between.

sculpture by Paul Hilliard called "ex-car-ceration" for Montpelier Vermont's "Sculptcycle" event

Had to go back to Clinton's shop to make the steering wheel bends. One of his goats was very interested. One week to go!

Dorset marble future sculpture by Paul Hilliard

Here are some 300 lb. blocks of Dorset marble that will become sculptures this summer at a public event in Dorset. As soon as the Sculptcycle is done I can start thinking about what my block will become.

sculpture by Paul Hilliard called "ex-car-ceration" for Montpelier Vermont's "Sculptcycle" event

Bars on the floor of the car and bumpers have now been added.

sculpture by Paul Hilliard called "ex-car-ceration" for Montpelier Vermont's "Sculptcycle" event

A bike rack! Made from bikes! Too funny. Oh, and I also made the beginning of the licence plate.

sculpture by Paul Hilliard called "ex-car-ceration" for Montpelier Vermont's "Sculptcycle" event

Rear view mirrors come in handy too. Two days left to get it all done and painted.

These little chippies visit me all the time when I am in my studio. They like chips!

sculpture by Paul Hilliard called "ex-car-ceration" for Montpelier Vermont's "Sculptcycle" event

Finally done! Into my truck and ready to drive two hours north to Montpelier.

sculpture by Paul Hilliard called "ex-car-ceration" for Montpelier Vermont's "Sculptcycle" event

Installed! If you would like to see how I made the licence plate or the shackles just click on the word. Thanks.

 

   
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