After the festive season there tend to be empty bottles and some of
them had wire wraps to hold the corks in. Drawing and painting have doodling
as a slightly mindless way of expressing whatever is going on inside. It
seems to me that every art form should have an equivalent to the doodle.
The equivalent in sculpture is making shapes out of the wire wraps from
champagne or other drinks. Now if I could only find all those other ones
that I have done over the years I could have an exhibition :-)
As the inventor of Champagne Wire Sculpture (or at least as the inventor
of the name) I am claiming the right to setting the guidelines as to what
is proper and right in acceptable society circles. Here are the main points:
The essential character of the wire, as removed from the bottle, should
be kept. That means that the four "legs" should be used in some way and
the spare wire used for whatever else the sculpture requires.
It is permissable to rewind one of the "legs" to get the excess wire in
the right place. This is necessary to be able to make a chair. This instruction
will only be meaningful to someone who actually has a wire and tries to
make a chair.
No special tools should be used in unwrapping or wrapping the wire or in
otherwise shaping it. It is permissable, assuming that the host or hostess
allows it, to use a fork or other dining utensil for shaping the wire.
The discovery of plier marks on a Champagne Wire Sculpture should result
in unpleasantries to the perpetrator.
Additional items that are genuinely found at the dining table may be incorporated
into the sculpture. This includes such items as tooth picks as the skier's
ski poles and the circular plastic piece from the top of the cork wrapper
used in the padded chair above. I made a little scarf for the skier out
of a section of red table napkin but it looked a bit too showy.
Better pictures of the
sculptures on this page and some additional ones, plus the technique of rearranging the wire.
Also worth seeing, Wire Lady, a site with real wire sculptures
that includes links to other wire sculpture sites
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