Art on the Corner: ‘Genesis’

“Genesis” by Thad Tuin of Grand Junction.

SCULPTURE: “Genesis” is on display just east of Summit Canyon Mountaineering, on the southwest corner of the intersection of Fifth and Main streets.

ARTIST: Thad Tuin of Grand Junction.

DESCRIPTION: The painted steel sculpture features a very thin triangle shape welded to a round base, then rising 42 inches to a wedge-like tip. A ball-shape is embedded in the main piece with two circular pieces passing through it above and below.

INSPIRATION: “This is mainly a design piece, or composition piece,” Tuin said. “I tried to incorporate circles and spheres with an interesting angular, geometrical look to it. When the piece was completed, it looked like Earth in the sites from outer space. That green gave me an idea of discovery by some other intelligence.”

That green finish — while interesting and likeable — has not been successful.

“I experimented with a new finish — new for me,” he said.

After heating the patina to 200 degrees, Tuin worked it on in layers, followed by a top coat with a high UV exterior lacquer, giving it the unique finish.

“That finish is failing as we speak,” Tuin said. “They’re years ahead for patinas on bronze, but steel and ferrous metals — it’s application failure. I like the look, and I made I several different pieces using it. It took a lot of time and effort.”

But those too have failed, he added.

PAST ENTRIES: Tuin has submitted two other sculptures to the Art in the Corner exhibit: “Extreme Remnant” was on display in 2008 and “Lady in Red” in 2009.

— By Tammy Gemaehlich


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