I built this “mariner bee” as my first large statue. I call him a mariner bee, because the hillside of his installation is covered in rosemary. When the plants bloom, the area is alive with bees. I think of this area as an ocean… the Baroque Ocean, and this bee is part of a mariner colony.
Were the statue standing, he would measure 4 feet, head to toe. As it is, he is crouching, climbing up a steep hillside. Originally, I wanted to make dozens of these “bees” ascending the hillside in all different colors. This one, my first, represented the color green. Notice the stinger atop his elongated head. While the ‘headgear’ is not a copy, it shows derivation from the classical headdresses of Javanese dance. His head tells you he is a bee, as do the flattened mosaic wings of his back. I made everything on him, from sculpting the face, to hands, feet, and tiles. The shiny colorful tiles on the back are melted glass. The body tiles are simply majolica white glaze with copper green brush work. The darker tiles are high fired with rustic applications of oxides. It took me a month to complete the statue. He was installed in a garden in November 2004.