I started to make maquettes of my ideas and also sketched new ideas at the same time.
Working with abstract shapes, I explored simple forms which started from the idea of using standing stone shapes, but ended up looking like sails or an aircraft tail fin:
The two simpler maquettes work better as it gets a bit clunky in the third more complex form.
A sketch of the centre sphere and how it might be textured with a line that might be found on a water-worn rock:
Other possible lines:
In the large sketch it was the hidden aspect of the sphere I was interested in.
I tried a few more sketches surrounding it with flat sheets:
However, when made up into a maquette it wasn’t working, it was too messy and contrived:
I sketched some more:
It is probably difficult to see on this photo, but a small sketch in the corner led me to think about using vertical sheets rather than bars:
This was a more successful maquette for me.
Having thought about this for a while though, I realised that I hadn’t explored the hidden aspect enough and placing the metal sheets and sphere into a box might offer the result I was looking for:
This one had legs for me and I decided to run with this for my larger-scale sculpture (in addition to one or two of the first maquette options).