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Wall Sculptures at St. Joseph’s

Filed under: My Art — doktorjohn November 30, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

My two wood sculptures are now installed on the entrance wall leading to The Orthopedic Institute and The Surgical Institute located on the 5th floor of St. Joseph’s Medical Center since September 2007, and this Novemeber issue of the hospital’s periodical, “The Awl” has a feature on them as seen in this posting. The text is by St. Joe’s public relations.

If you’re interested, here’s how the project started. Shown here is a 4 foot X 4 inch slab of basswood aquired from a Pennsylvania “exotic wood” lumber yard. That’s me holding it upright before going to work on it.

First I cut in half, into two 2-foot X 4 -inch slabs under the watchful eye of carpenter and all around skilled craftsman, Frankie Petrillo.

Frankie took measurements.

And then carefully divided them with a saw them into two halves


I wound up with four pieces, 2-inches thick and 2-feet tall, but only 91/2-inches wide. They obviously had to be glued together side-to-side, which required the assistance of cabinet-maker Massimo who generously pitched in.

I had made cut-outs of rough drawings and laid them on the joined slabs so I could trace my designs on to the wood.

And eventually began carving

Ending up at last with the deep-relief plaques you see pictured here

3 Comments »

  1. John, Congratulations!!
    Great work! What an accomplishment, beautiful sculptures! You always do wonderful detailed work.
    Ciao…Nadia

    Comment by Nadia — December 3, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Very, very beautiful work. Beautiful sculptures!!

    Comment by Tina — December 4, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

  3. Beautiful work! You should add more pictures of your paintings! 🙂

    Comment by Greg's wife — December 12, 2007 @ 1:17 am

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