There will be a reception for Michael's solo exhibition at the University of Arkansas
at Little Rock Fine Arts Building Gallery II on January 22, 2012 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
The exhibit on display through February 26, 2012 is titled "Life Forms" and includes concept drawings, collaborative animation proposals, photographs and sculpture in bronze, wood and stone created from 2008-2011.
These pieces were created while on an Off Campus Duty Assignment from the University of Arkansas, while an artist-in-residence at the Cargo/Wheeler Studio in Clough, Northern Ireland and while in residence at the 9th International Sculpture Symposium in Changchun, China.
Michael will also be giving a gallery talk February 7 at 12:45 p.m. at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Fine Arts Building Gallery II.
Michael continues to work on a cast bronze and fabricated stainless steel sculpture that will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Central Arkansas Library.
Here is the original schematic for the TOP mechanism and photos of the machined parts for the mechanism that will allow the TOP to turn.
Included is the long shaft with the collars for the TOP support struts, the point and collar for the bottom of the top, the turning mechanism box sealed with silicone and recessed allen bolts, the two TOP lid forms one which has a grove cut out for the bronze and the other which goes on top with a swirling machined pattern to enhance the sense of movement when it spins.