Lily in “Tickle Me”

My very favorite alligator “Lily”  is a pleasure to play with.  I introduced her into my work as  “The Waiter Gator” when I was the artist of the year for the Florida WineFest.

Her 3 dimensional debut came in 2012.  The alligator became a public art installation on Palm Avenue in the City of Sarasota.

Her suave figure has appeared in a number of illustrations….

 

Last month Lily was again cut from aluminum plate and finished as a four foot by eight foot sculpture named appropriately – “Tickle Me”.

 Sometimes its hard for an artist to let go of a creation.  Walter the rabbit just keeps multiplying and I keep inventing roles to pose him in.  I’m rather fond of the “Jitterbug” and “Walter’s Frolics” pictured below.

"Jitterbug" - aluminum - 5'x 6.6.'

“Jitterbug” – aluminum

"Walter's Frolics" - aluminum

“Walter’s Frolics” – aluminum

I designed the rabbit in the summer of 2009.  The first piece was hand cut from aluminum plate and was being hand sanded, buffed and powder coated the week Walter Cronkite died.  Thus the name Walter.  In some odd way the name fit and it reminds me every time I am confronted with one of the sculptures, or when I go back to work on a new pose, of the impact an exceptional newsperson can have on your memories of events through a lifetime.