Merle Temkin

    Exhibition: Grass Roots Art Energy, 1991

    Making Waves, 1991

    Stainless steel

    80' x 6'

    Making Waves is a sculpture made of 2,853 small mirror-finish stainless-steel pieces attached individually to existing chain-link fencing. Each piece in the wave pattern moves in the wind and makes a tinkling sound. Sited near the river and facing the western sun, this 80' long sculpture changes with the weather and can be seen flashing and sparkling from a great distance, yet at other times it becomes almost invisible. The arduous and repetitive process involved in making this sculpture pushed me to the edge of my ability to complete it. This process also reminded me of knotting -- an idea, as a woman and a sculptor, I formerly had restricted myself from using, but now my work doesn't go where I think it will go. The ideas that I am interested in come form a magical and mysterious place inside myself. They lead me and I follow -- they are the heart of my work.
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