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d'ART ID#: 135173
Length: 14.00 in (35.56 cm)
Height: 20.00 in (50.80 cm)
Depth: 7.00 in (17.78 cm)
Framed: N
Year Created:
Media Types:
Brass , Steel , Wood
Style & Subject:
Abstract , Contemporary , Symbolism
Submitted by JPPStudios
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J.P (Jeff) Pendergrass
"The Pearl"
J.P (Jeff) Pendergrass
Sculpture - US $7,500.00

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Seller Comments...
This is one of my favorite pieces. This was one of the first pieces I had ever made that I could unabashedly say was a true "Work of Art".
This piece was built up with an old "buzz box" welder and a torch. The pearl itself was made with the torch by bending welding rod around an armature and then fusing the rods together. I then laid in brass and silver solder and ground it all down by hand to give it the smooth, round shape. The color combination achieved with the burnished steel, brass and silver alloy also contributed to the sense of a pearl. After securing the pearl to the "fingers", I sandblasted the metal, heated it all with the torch and sealed it with oil. Finally, I mounted it to a mahogany base that I had carved to shape.
I originally got the idea for this piece while reading "The Lord of the Rings" for the first time. In fact, the working title was "Precious Possession", but I eventually decided that that was a little too closely related to the story. Besides, (as was often true) the idea behind the sculpture developed and expanded as I worked on it. I finally chose to call it "The Pearl", which was a Biblical reference to the parable of the pearl of great value.
The smooth pearl at the top of the piece is obviously analogous to the ring in Tolkien's epic. The ring was beautiful to look at, but whoever possessed the ring was corrupted by it. The "beautiful" ring made them ugly. I intentionally made the "Holder" of the "Pearl" look sinister. The question is, has the "Pearl" caused this ugliness or is the "Pearl" changing the "Holder" into something beautiful?
We all have something in our lives that we are devoted to. From time to time, though, we need to step back and see how this devotion is affecting us. Is the object of our devotion bringing out the worst in us? Or is it making us a better person? We may first have to figure out exactly what it is that we are devoted to. For some people it is their career. For others it could be their country. It might be money or one's family. Or it could be a god. On this last point, it is interesting that historians have long noted that a people resemble the god they worship. Some gods are warmongers. Some are sadistic or fickle or amoral. Or, the god one is devoted to could be kind, wise and just. Really, whatever it is that we are devoted to is in actuality our "god". What affect is this devotion having on us?

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