A work from TAG @ Large

Pileated Woodpecker Totem 2011

Bob Turan

Earlton, NY

Wood, epoxy resin, welded steel

Sculpture titled "Pileated Woodpecker Totem" by Bob Turan made of wood, epoxy resin, and welded steel.
Pileated Woodpecker Totem
Credit: Image courtesy of the artist.

Bob Turan’s Pileated Woodpecker Totem features a rescued natural tree trunk formerly standing near his home in Earlton, NY. Says Turan, The sculpture was started by carpenter ants and then continued by a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. Deconstruction was by the local highway department and reconstruction was carried out by the artist. The seemingly irreparable sections of tree trunk were resurrected with a supporting metal frame and the former scars are now highlighted in gold paint. Says Turan, With a cinematic eye and a welder’s arc, I bring light, motion and mass to my work. I contrast weathered and polished, light and dark, mass and space. I often work in four dimensions, allowing time to show the kinetic aspects of a piece.

Pileated Woodpecker Totem was featured in the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition in North Charleston, SC in 2012-13. Turan has also recently shown artwork at ARTSCAPE, Pittsfield, MA.

For more information visit http://www.bobturan.com.