Memories of being in the old section of Kyoto, Japan.
Dark wooden buildings, narrow streets, wandering, turning a corner and encountering unexpected beauty.
Carved relief sculpture 32 x 82 x 8 inches
These endless fern blocks began as a filler for another project. That didn't work, but they kept telling me "Make more of us!" I did, but kept asking "Who are you?" This went on for quite a while...
I painted several blue and green, which evoked the Gates of Ishtar. Then I knew where the work was headed. 2016, the USA elected an ignorant man with the means to do great harm, a story as old as Babylon, but with the help of modern social media: Facebook Babylon
Carved wood relief 29 x 96 x 5 inches
Facebook Babylon, a large wood carving in the studio, almost finished.
Drawing of the Nimrud lion.
A studio visitor saw the beginnings of this work and said, "It looks mysterious, like a fairy tale."
It's ironic that the story of Mary, one of the female archetypes of Western Culture is also a fairy tale.
I made this sculpture as a book/cathedral to tell her story.
Queen of Heaven inspired by Romanesque sculptures
We know of her because of his love. We know of him because his music soothed the savage beast and changed the course of rivers. His music could even stop or reverse time. If only while the music plays. Carved wood relief 45 x 29 x 5 inches
This line from Shakespear's Macbeth captures the curse and the plight of the Syrian refugees.
Carved wood relief 38 x 83 x 5 inches
Her eyes were so sad from the moment they were carved.
Public art commission from TriMet.
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Engineering, Design, and photos by David Bales
To Grandmother's House shows the inspiration, creation, and installation of a large wood carving and CorTen steel sculpture by artist Patrick Gracewood. Part of the Trolley Trail, a walking trail at the terminus of the new TriMet Orange light rail line.
Monster Log in my driveway. The beginning.
Bronze relief commissioned by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and the City of Ridgefield, WA. to celebrate the city’s centennial. This large bronze relief is the cornerstone of Ridgefield’s new Community Park. Set into a three ton basalt boulder, the bronze depicts the wildlife refuge on the Lewis River surrounded by a fruit and vegetable garland symbolizing the area’s agricultural heritage.
Finished clay model. Text will be carved into a plaster cast for greater letter definition.
Fitting the plaster model to the boulder at the quarry. It's easier to bring the art to a three ton boulder than it is to bring the boulder to my studio.
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