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GREAT SPOON, Concept
The idea for the Great Spoon came to me after viewing an African art exhibit, "Art of the Lega" at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles. I was fascinated with the display of ceremonial spoons and made this drawing the next morning. I had also seen the H. C. Westermann exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC and was impressed with the artist's use of stacked laminated plywood sculptures. I thought this construction method would be the perfect way to scale up a 5 inch spoon to a 5 foot Great Spoon.
The inscription on the drawing reads: "The spoon shape is from the Lega show at the Fowler that I have just seen. I plan to make this 5' 6" long/tall out of plywood laminated like the Westermann that I saw at the Hirshhorn this week."
February 18, 2002