Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
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Artiglio

Forged iron, bronze, and stainless steel

14' x 6' x 4'

Michael Dillon
Alpharetta, GA
www.dillonforge.com

27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2013-2014)

Rosen Award 2nd Place

Artist's Comments

Creating sculpture for public spaces is my passion. As an artist/blacksmith living and working in North Georgia, I have more that 20 years experience creating both functional and sculptural works of art.

Forging iron exposes a shape and texture revealing an object “worked by hand.” Heating metal red-hot allows me to control this material in its briefly malleable state to create fluid and graceful structures. Using large industrial forging hammers I can impart power and force into the surface of the material.

"Artiglio" is Italian for talon. This sculpture was inspired by the spirit and flight of raptors. Birds and wings have been a conscious and unconscious recurring theme in many of my sculptures. I am drawn to their physical beauty and strength, as well as their spiritual and symbolic imagery. The upward motion of this piece embodies flight, and the sky becomes a significant element of the piece occupying the negative space. The stainless steel blades are blunt to the touch but visually convey the ferocity of talons ready to strike- the gesture of outstretched wings ready to pounce its prey. The heavy forged material embodies strength and power, and the open movement gestures toward the sky.
Michael Dillon

About the Artist

Creating sculpture for public spaces is Michael’s passion. As an artist/blacksmith living and working in North Georgia, he has more than 20 years experience creating both functional and sculptural works of art. Michael builds hand forged stair railings, gates, sculpture and furniture for distinguished homes in Atlanta, and abroad. During the past 5 years, Michael has been successful expanding his career into the public art arena, creating several large-scale public sculptures in the south. In March 2013, Michael was awarded a large public sculpture for the City of Duluth, to be installed in Fall, 2013. With a strong background in sculpture, Michael finds joy in the balance of creating both architectural ironwork and distinctive sculptures. His peers have long recognized his work, and this past year he received the acclaimed Phillip Trammel Shutze award for craftsmanship in classical architecture.

Michael’s public work is modern, and narrative. He researches each community and tells a story incorporating their past, present and hopes for the future. Forging iron and carving stone, Michael exposes shape and texture revealing objects “worked by hand.” Heating metal red-hot allows Michael to control this material in its briefly malleable state to create fluid and graceful structures. Using large industrial forging hammers he imparts power and force into the surface of the material. Michael has always been interested in how things work, and how they are put together. This is evident in his sculptures, many of which are kinetic. Building kinetic pieces challenges Michael to engineer and make the seemingly impossible possible. For this project, Michael is excited to be a part of this team, where the physical movement of the water, and inspirational movement of spirit is the focus. His sculptural work becomes part of its interior or exterior landscape, interacting and reflecting its environment: the light, weather and human activity. The rhythm and form of each piece is constantly changing, inviting and exciting the viewer. Michael believes his sculptures develop a personality through this interaction with the viewer and community. When a person is involved physically with a piece, the sculpture can incorporate their emotions, history and personality. This interaction brings life to the sculpture, and creates an ever-changing dialogue that crosses cultural and socioeconomic boundaries.

For more information, visit www.dillonforge.com.