Cal's body of work; Stone River series, 888, The Cube, Hedron series, Planets of Galaxy Z and the epic 15th sculpture, The Andamooka Tiger. With work underway on Cal's next piece, The Goddess.
In February 2022, after 3 1/2 yeats, or 8,000 hours, The Andamooka Tiger was completed. The Andamooka Tiger is Cal's masterpiece. There is nothing like The Andamooka Tiger in existence.
The sculpture is located at the Andamooka open-air studio.
Cal sculpts primarily in a vein of beautiful red and cream-gold Grampians sandstone sourced from one of the last true dimension sandstones quarries still operating in the state of Victoria.
The Grampians sandstone quarry itself has been operating for a little over 150 years, however the geology of the sandstone is approximately five hundred and fifty million years old. ‘Dimension stone’ is raw, rough sawn sandstone. The stone is unusually hard and fine.
Surrounding the Grampians sandstone quarry is a designated permanently protected conservation zone to protect all native flora and fauna. Grampians sandstone corporate responsibility
On exhibit at the Andamooka open-air studio; The Goddess (in progress), The Andamooka Tiger, 888 (pictured), The Cube, Hedron II (Alien insect)
Planet Zod of Galaxy Z. Pumpkin Lane Gallery, St Kilda
Stone River #6 Phoenix and Cat, Jackson St, St Kilda
The cube is Cal's 3rd intricarved stone art work
A one-off piece and Cal's first foray into miniature abstract portable stone sculptures. The sculpture might look deceptively simple. A closer inspection will reveal hundreds of individual stones hand-carved and then assembled into a myriad of colour and linear detail. Cal experimented with the concept of the much larger Stoner River. The pictorial detail previously sculpted across the 2D surface of the Stone Rivers is now wrapped around the cubes 6, 3D faces. In a considerably more compact size.
Size: 300 x 300 square
Weight: 60 kilograms
Hours: 120 hours
Timber plinth: Australian hardwood
The cube is an indoor sculpture exhibited at The Andamooka open-air sculpture studio
The first of the pyramid shapes, Hedron Resurrection, was partially constructed as a live installation at the Kyneton Lost Trades Fair, March 2016. The sculpture ‘faces restored to life in geometrical form’ is constructed in beautiful grey, gold, purple and red Mount Angus Sandstone.
Sculptures in the Hedron series include; Hedron Resurrection, Hedron II alien insect and Hedron III (sold).
The Hedron series are indoor sculptures currently exhibited at The Andamooka open-air sculpture studio.
The Planets of galaxy Z are a sandstone sculpture series named after Cal’s son.
Cal began constructing the galaxy of planets with Planet Zod in a live installation at The Laneway Artspace, St Kilda 2014 and continued until eight new intricarved stone art planet’s graced our solar system. Uniquely individual red and cream-gold Grampians sandstone orbs perched on reclaimed timber plinths. Each planet contains natural and formed features that continue to be uncovered with every viewing. The Planets are celestial bodies, orbs of infinite faces gazing out into outer space through stone.
The planets can be presented individually as feature pieces or exhibited in solar systems. Indoors or outdoors (as noted on the sculpture).
Planet’s in the Galaxy Z series include: Planet Zep, Planet Zod, Planet Zil, Planet Zor, Planet Zoe, Planet Zoz, Planet Zog and Planet Zye
Stone Rivers are a series of wall features and sculptures. The walls vary in size and scale, from solid permanent installations through to portable pieces. The process of assembling a pile of stone pieces into rivers of colours and shapes depicting a myriad of features and landscapes can take anywhere between 4-12 weeks, depending on the scale of the work.
Each wall is built, stone by stone, by the artist combining ancient dry stone techniques with modern day building code requirements.
Sculptures in the Stone River series include; Stone River #4 (sold) and two portable works; Stone River #7 Phoenix and cat (pictured) and Stone River #6 Death adder