Sculpture
Name: Black Spider
Material: Black Marble
Block: River Pebble
Origin: Yatagan, Turkey
Weight [Kg]: 5.9
Dimensions [Cm]: H:16 W:11 L:13
Inception Date: 2008 July
11 Black Spider
 

This marble pebble was initially intended to be a simple pair of bookends, slice off the bottom, cut in half and polish the exposed faces. However this pebble proved to be very hard, so I chose another pebble for the bookends.

I read somewhere that freshly quarried marble is softer than weathered marble, so I guess my pebbles are as hard as marble gets. Of course there are marbles that vary in their hardness depending on the metamorphic process.

So, for a spider with delicate legs this hard black marble pebble was ideal. Even so great care had to be taken wielding the angle grinder, at each stage the legs were thinned down a little more and shaped.

Like all my sculptures I have a basic idea of the shape of what is in the pebble but the final details 'evolve'. The ribbed appearance of the spiders underbelly flowing around from the underside of the legs just appeared, it was logically the only finish.

Once the tips of the legs were finished I decided that it was too fragile to leave as it was, I therefore selected another flattish black marble pebble to provide a permanent base. I finished the top of the base to a high polish, stuck strips of masking tape onto it, placed the spider on and marked around each 'foot'. I then drilled a shallow indent for each foot. Attaching 'black spider'to his permanent base was just 8 spots of superglue away.

 

 Black Spider 1 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserBlack Spider 2 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserBlack Spider 3 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserBlack Spider 4 - A marble sculpture by Cliff Fraser

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Black Spider 6 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserBlack Spider 8 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserBlack Spider 9 - A marble sculpture by Cliff Fraser

Black Spider and Diesel - A sculpture (the spider) by Cliff FraserBlack Spider 5 - A marble sculpture by Cliff Fraser

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