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Touch Down, Take Off - Sculpture Walk 2012-13

Sculpture Details

Touch Down, Take OffSculpture Title: "Touch Down, Take Off"

Artist: Gregory Mendez

Location: Plaza 3, First Floor Lobby

Amount: $2,500

Medium: Scagliola/Steel

Dimensions: 41h x 30w x 3d

Sculpture Walk Season: 2012-13

Gregory Mendez - Interview

Gregory Mendez“My inspiration for this piece came from the hawk as well as nature,” says sculptor, Gregory Mendez. “My fiancée and I went on a vacation to the Black Hills, and we saw birds everywhere we went. Artistically, I’m kind of stuck on a wing-thing at the moment. ”

“Touch Down, Take Off” is very typical of Mendez’s work. “I only use round and flat scraps of metal in my pieces,” he says. “I like to give the steel a life and character of its own. My work consists of figurative pieces, which are all inspired by everyday life. Friends and my fiancée are typically my biggest inspirations.” The sculpture, which is made of scagliola and steel, was meant to capture a split second in time. “I like that you can’t tell if the hawk is taking off or landing on the branch,” he says. “I wanted to capture the same movement as in real life.”

The sculptor, who was born and raised in Decatur, Indiana, graduated with a BFA from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and has been sculpting for the past fifteen years. He currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Like many artists, Mendez is always looking to produce work that is one of its kind, and distinct in its own way. “I’m always trying to come up with something new,” he says. “I’m constantly driven to produce sculptures that no one else has done before, and that are completely unique.”