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Forum topic by Phil32 posted 08-31-2018 07:13 PM 1140 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Phil32

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08-31-2018 07:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: escher relief carving sky water ii

This relief carving is 14” x 21-1/2”, basswood & black walnut. The birds and fish in the middle form a tessellation where the figures fit together, but break apart and increase in depth & detail toward to top and bottom. This relief, completed in 2016, is one of 25 Escher designs I have carved.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!


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#1 posted 08-31-2018 10:06 PM

I must say, that is a very unique piece of art !!
well done !!

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 11:20 PM

That is a really interesting piece of art. You should post it in the Project section so everyone will be able to see it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 11:14 PM

This was a design that Escher did as a woodcut in December 1938. It was a follow-on to “Sky & Water I” that he had done in June of that year. In the earlier form the design expands and increases in detail toward the top and bottom. Here are two examples, one like his original, the other with the woods reversed:

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 09-26-2018 11:35 PM

Fantastic

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#5 posted 09-27-2018 12:12 AM

Amazing work. I have trouble carving stick men.

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#6 posted 09-27-2018 05:23 PM

Beautiful work! I’ve always been intrigued by Escher, wish I had your skills.

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#7 posted 09-29-2018 01:46 PM

Regarding the process: The background was assembled as a glue-up of walnut & poplar, and the 19 flat figures in the center were glued in place like intarsia. The other birds & fish were bandsawed from walnut & basswood and attached with screws from the back so that they could be removed and carved separate from the background to reduce the nicks to the background.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#8 posted 10-07-2018 10:33 PM

Here are some photos that illustrate the process of assembling and carving this piece:

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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