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Falling Rock
by Allen Bukoff

Nineteen pound rock suspended in its fall by steel wires
anchored to the top of a 8 x 8 x 15-inch frame made of half-inch steel rods.

Several months ago I wrapped a large rock in wire and hung it in a steel cube. When I realized that the wire and frame would eventually rust and break and that the rock would then fall down, I decided to call it "Falling Rock" and attribute the idea to the Fluxus Indians. Because I had not set out to design a "falling rock" sculpture, I realized that if I had to do it, again, I would design it differently--1. make the steel frame taller to give the rock more of a sense of falling through space 2. suspend the rock in a simple "hammock" or sling of wires to give it more of a sense of open falling, and 3. eliminate wrapping the rock all over in wire as this has nothing to do with the falling concept. I also wanted to increase the thickness of the steel rebar (from 3/8 to 1/2-inch) to improve the strength and durability of the frame and to use an even bigger rock. With these things in mind, I created the "falling rock" sculpture you see here, I really like how this turned out. I think I'll make some more.

Making it
Welding the frame
Hanging the rock

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