Sculpture
Name: Fissured Mushroom
Material: Quartz Veined Marble
Block: River Pebble
Origin: Yatagan, Turkey
Weight [Kg]: 10.9
Dimensions [Cm]: H:24 W:19 L:21
Inception Date: 2008 November
16 Fissured Mushroom
 

The outer appearance of this pebble was unusual compared to a normal marble pebble. The surface was heavily fissured and it was for this feature that I chose it for this sculpture. Cutting off the bottom of the pebble to form a base proved to be quite difficult because of its unusual hardness.

The composition of the pebble turned out to me a mixture of differing texture marbles bonded by streaks of a grey stone unusual in itself because it created sparks from the carborundum grinding wheel.

Some what appeared to be quartz veins also made working the piece and the final sanding difficult, the quartz streaks are therefore slightly raised above the softer surrounding marble. The fissures in the natural surface of the pebble were formed by the softer marbles eroding faster than the harder material.

OK, I know the final piece looks like something from 'Noddy Goes To Toyland', but what the heck, you can't get it 'artsy' all the time. What evolves is what evolves, I don't have any say in the matter.
 

Fissured Mushroom 1 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 2 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 4 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 5 - A marble sculpture by Cliff Fraser
Original Pebble

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Fissured Mushroom 7 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 8 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 6 - A marble sculpture by Cliff Fraser

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August 2009 - Fissured Mushroom Revisited

I was never entirely happy with this piece as originally completed, it continually reminded me of something from Toyland, so I re-worked it, enlarging the recesses to emphasize the ridges, making them parallel.

The final stage was to immerse the whole piece in a bath of dilute hydrochloric acid, the idea being to dissolve the softer surface marble thus emphasizing the quartz veins in relief since they were unaffected by the acid.

The 'shiny' final appearance is not any kind of varnish it's the natural finish after removal from the acid bath.

Fissured Mushroom 12 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 11 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 10 - A marble sculpture by Cliff FraserFissured Mushroom 13 - A marble sculpture by Cliff Fraser

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