Once in a Blue Moon

John Buck's avatar John Buck

Contemporary issues as well as the primitive and folk art of many cultures inspire my sculpture. Currently, my work uses a more traditional figure in the round. I believe the figure represent the human condition from which my compositions emanate. The subject of each sculpture can be inspired by social, political and personal concerns. My sculpture, Once in a Blue Moon, combines the narrative of a chance event: a samurai drops a fan from a bridge. The resulting composition is of fans on the water. A hand revolves over a vase of flowers suggesting the Japanese process of Ikebana, the perfect flower arrangement. The figure holds a blue diorama of a bonsai tree and the sun frames the figure on the bridge. Random events create a focused composition of a specific moment in time, much like the blue moon phenomenon.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 40 inches
  • Medium: Wood, acrylic paint, motor
  • Width: 94 inches
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 119 inches