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Earth Giant

Benjamin Gazsi's avatar Benjamin Gazsi
    2013 6th place

This is an "Earth Giant" created from mostly natural material found in the forest. I construct a wire frame structure from wild grape vines to build the body. The grape vine structure is then stuffed with leaves and hay to create a solid form. The head, hands, and feet are first sculpted out of chicken wire and then skinned with organic burlap and an all natural concrete mixture called hypertufa. This mixture consists of equal parts: peat moss, vermiculite, and portland cement. Once the head was completed I then sewed found moss into the face to create the beard. This giant is a recreation of my first grape vine sculpture constructed in Coopers Rock State Forest in April 2012. Since Then I have built three other "Eco - Sculptures" including a life size horse, a ten foot black bear, and then the "Earth Giant" for ArtPrize 2013. Below is a time lapse video of the "Coopers Rock Bear" which shows how these grape vine sculptures are created:

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 10
  • Medium: Natural Materials (Grape Vines, tree limbs, leaves, grass, moss, and natural concrete)
  • Width: 6'
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 8'