This particular effort was created with larger bits and pieces scrounged from my recycled metals supplier and presented to him as a gift in hopes that I could interrupt their busy routine on a more regular basis in order to source more material. Apparently it worked. Although not as elegant, intricate or polished as my usual fare, this industrial themed number was my first foray into the vertical, tubular chimes and much to my surprise, it imparted an unexpected rich and resounding tone. More to come.
Having spent so many years in advertising with a suppressed yearning to vent my creativity in a personal manner, I suppose I could have delved into the pastels or perhaps oils. But why only satisfy one sensorial passion when capable of expressing two, or even three. Hence, audible sculptures in the guise of chimes. They not only beg to be viewed but beckon to be touched and will respond to such inquisitiveness with melodic allure. No two look or sound alike. You can satisfy two senses by clicking below or, for the optimum effect, you can fully experience the entire collection at my Corktown studio.
Considered a symbol of good fortune in Roman times, chimes called “tintinnabulum” were hung in gardens and porticoes to provide protective powers from evil entities.
In India, during the second century and later in China, small wind bells were hung under the corners of the rooves of pagodas, temples, palaces and homes to frighten away lurking evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones.
Presently in Asia, wind chimes are commonly used to maximize the flow of chi, or life's energy, and are a sensory element in the practice Feng Shui.
Now I won’t promise any of my chimes are capable of the benefits as listed above, but I will absolutely guarantee each of them to elicit a smile, a sense of fascination and a compliment. Regards, Gary
This past weekend was the last opportunity to source materials at Aberfoyle’s famous Outdoor Antique Market before they boarded up for the winter. Having survived 3 hours of sleet, numerous retreats to the truck to thaw out and plunking down in a puddle on market restaurant chair (the open window just above it should have been a giveaway), I arrived home chilled and soaked but nonetheless flushed with excitement and umpteen new shiny bits and pieces of recent antiquity with which to fabricate new sculptures. I now have 7 new works under construction and thought it might be of interest to show some prior to completion. You’ll note that I have ventured into new territory with the creation of several with a more contemporary theme which handily illustrates my ability to customize to clients’ requirements. Keep an eye out for updates as I’ll feature them as each is completed. Prices on request.
I don’t know what to credit for the ability, perhaps blind luck, perhaps pure coincidence, but I am fascinated with my consistent capacity to fit various and sundry unrelated objects together. Case-in-point is the time-themed sculpture below created with a recently acquired vintage clock face which dropped precisely into the circumference of a conical brass lamp dome I’ve had squirreled away for eons - just as if they had been made for each other. How cool! It’s but one of a kind and just one of many I’ve had the pleasure to create. If you’d like to see and hear them all in person at my Corktown studio, please feel free to call and make an appointment. Or, by request, I’d be glad to bring a few by for your visual and audible perusal. 416 422-4690
As a kid I can remember asking for, and being given, a broken family clock - my sole intention to pull it apart to see what literally made it tick. Aside from the fascination of discovering all the gears, bits and pieces, I also discovered that what is easily dismantled isn’t necessarily so easily put back together. As an avid disciple of the path of least resistance (actually a thin disguise of the easiest way out) I’ve since discovered the joy of taking totally unrelated thingamabobs and whatsits and creatively recycling them to make something entirely new - not only in a mechanical sense but also in its intended purpose - the sculpture below being my shiniest example. Comprised primarily of a ceiling fixture, on examination you’ll recognize an inverted hanging lamp body, a candlestick base, some computer rings, 24 house keys, a fireplace ornament, some chain, other bits of metallic paraphernalia and an assortment of engraving guides, most pieces of polished brass and all of which contribute to a delicate melodic chime when set in motion. It may be one of many but it’s one of a kind. If you’d like to visit my Corktown studio to see and hear them all, feel free to call to set up an appointment. Life may have taken the boy out of childhood but it has obviously yet to take the childhood out of the boy. Regards, Gary
For those home designer aficionados who have seen almost everything, I present my latest entry into the world of Décor Nouveau. Comprised primarily of recycled vintage brass electric lamp parts and any other bits and pieces of age that emit a pleasant ring, this hanging sound sculpture oozes “deco” with the audible benefit of a symphonic chime, when gently nudged. Eye candy at its timeless best, these pieces of art inevitably become a focus of attention and are guaranteed to initiate sensorial response. To view the entire collection, please call to make arrangements. I am centrally located in Corktown in the King and River Streets area of the city. 416 422-4690. Regards, Gary
This particular piece is a departure from the norm in that it is comprised totally of objects collected on dog walks along the Lake Ontario shoreline. It is also different in that all of the bits and pieces (with the exception of the newer minimal shiny parts) are worn and/or rusted due to many years of being subjected to to the vagaries of time, wind and water. Inexplicably, I have found over eighty (80) metal spoons in the same area some of which are vintage, leading me to believe there was a factory or a hotel nearby at one time or another. None-the-less, they have a wonderful chime to them. This one you can hang outside as it’s not like it’ll get tarnished or anything.
If you’d like to see and hear the entire collection, feel free to get in touch and we can set up a convenient time to visit the studio. 426 422-4690.
This collection is the culmination of two favourite pastimes - the pleasure derived from scavenging for odd, shiny metal bits (I’m sure I was a crow in a previous life) and the enjoyment of constructing something new from objects that would otherwise be discarded. Each one is comprised primarily of recycled vintage electric lamp parts and embellished with anything else metallic that has a pleasant ring to it when in collision with accompanying objects - automobiles obviously excepted. These pieces could be classed as “chimes” but their melodic tones seem rivaled by their visual presence and have therefore fallen under the freshly coined moniker of “hanging sound sculptures”. No two are alike.
Due to their intentional delicacy they are best displayed indoors rather than out, although there are a few exceptions. They have a tendency to become a focus of attention, will emit a symphony of lustrous tones when gently nudged and are guaranteed to stimulate a conversation. New ones always in the making - feel free to call and make arrangements to view them all at my studio located in Corktown in the King and River Streets area. Lots to see… and hear. 416 422-4690.