This sculpture began on July 15th 2018, and was completed on December 9th, 2018. A rough total of well over 200 man hours was spent creating the piece. There were no power tools used to create this sculpture; all work was done by hand. The rough blocking or shaping of the piece took 80 to 90 hours. This was done with small handsaws and metal rasps. The next step, refining the sculpture to its desired look before polishing, required close to 130 hours.
To complete this stage of the work,I used metal files and rasps, as well as 40 grit sand paper on various sanding blocks. The sculpture was then hand- rubbed to its desired gloss. No sealers or waxes were used to polish the stone. Some areas of the sculpture were left in rough stone; this is a trademark of the sculptor. Leaving these rough areas keeps the work connected to its original form.
The sculpture is a representation of a fishing float that has broken free of its net and is now adrift on the ocean. There it remains floating until chance brings it to a shore somewhere on the earth. Where it may, or may never be found. This sculpture was done for the millions of homeless souls all over the world. Whenever I see a homeless person, I feel a sense aloneness, I see a hardened shell against the world. Someone that needs to be found!