Celebrating Outdoor Sculpture Art

Giant Mosquito

Posted on | October 18, 2016 | No Comments

About a year ago someone sent me a photo of a big mosquito someone had made – I believe it was in Minnesota. So I decided to do one. I named it Anopheles – the genus of the malaria – carriers. This disease still kills almost half a million people each year worldwide, according to the CDC.

The body is fiberglass covered foam. Legs are re-bar. Still looking for a home.

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Recovered PDF’s

Posted on | June 18, 2016 | No Comments

Lost and Found: Several PDF files were inexplicably lost on this site, including the concrete bear sculptures and the one detailing the life and work of Mississippi artist John Steel Davis. The latter has been found and re-loaded. You can find it under his name in ‘Guest Artist Galleries’.

Dedication of Frog at Pratts Community

Posted on | June 13, 2016 | No Comments

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the annual Froglevel Festival near Baldwyn, MS, the frog sculpture was dedicated. A naming contest had been held, and the frog was officially named “Jeremiah”.


Bear at Tishomingo State Park

Posted on | June 7, 2016 | No Comments

It’s been six years now since I moved this bear to Tishomingo State Park in NE Mississippi. Nothing fancy, just a straight concrete black bear. But I still enjoy seeing photos of kids having their picture made with it.


Frog comes home to Froglevel!

Posted on | May 7, 2016 | No Comments

The frog finally comes home to Froglevel! He looks happier now with his coat of paint.

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Ivory Bill Woodpecker

Posted on | March 29, 2016 | No Comments

Twice life-size ivory bill woodpecker model.

Twice life-size ivory bill woodpecker model.

How to make bird feet: Giant ivory bill woodpecker

Posted on | February 17, 2016 | No Comments

Making feet and legs for a big bird


A life-size ivory bill is featured in an earlier post. I wanted to make a larger-than-life one to be displayed outdoors on a dead tree. For the life-size one I ordered pewter legs and feet for a pileated woodpecker from a company that sells bird carving supplies. But the ivory bill I’m making needs bigger feet.

I found this video online that gave me guidance on how to do this:

I essentially used the methods outlined in the video except that I used some copper wire I had on hand instead of brass. I also used JBWeld (available locally) instead of epoxy sculpt (or Apoxie Sculpt). The JBWeld is stiff and a little difficult to mix. It also sets up within five minutes or so, so the other product is probably better all the way around.

So study the video to learn how, and go to ‘Techniques’ in ‘Main Menu’ for some photos of my bird feet project.

The Red Ant

Posted on | December 28, 2015 | No Comments

The red ant resides in South Mississippi and still entertains the kids.

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Bob “Daddy-O” Wade’s Giant Sculptures

Posted on | December 20, 2015 | No Comments


40-foot iguana at Ft. Worth Zoo.

Bob Wade is pretty much a celebrity in Austin, Texas. Known as “Daddy-O” by people familiar with his work, he’s best known for creating giant sculptures of everything from lizards to cowboy boots standing over 30 feet tall. We first learned of him through the Texas Country Reporter on the RFD TV network.

The iguana, known as “Iggy”, was made in New York and was first displayed at Art Park near Niagara Falls in 1978. From there it was moved to the roof of the Lone Star Cafe, which was the premier country music venue in the Big Apple, booking the likes of  George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel, Roy Orbison, Delbert McClinton, and Willie Nelson, until it went out of business.

The big lizard was bought and sold a couple of times, spent some time in Virgina, and was then moved back to New York to Pier 25 in TriBeCa. It finally ended up in Texas, its rightful home. In an email Bob told me “That’s the interesting thing about public art, I always say; they’re like your kids, they take on a life of their own”.

After some restoration by Bob, Iggy was transported, via helicopter, to his present home at the Ft. Worth zoo. See more of Daddy-O’s work at www.bobwade.com/ Also see Bob’s 40-foot tall cowboy boots (listed in the Guinness book of world records) in San Antonio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgUfOR46Q48

Moving "Iggy" to the Ft. Worth Zoo

Moving “Iggy” to the Ft. Worth Zoo

Bob Wade's giant boots.

Bob Wade’s giant boots.






The concrete sculptures of John P. Kennedy

Posted on | September 14, 2015 | No Comments


The striking concrete sculpture above is the work of John P. Kennedy. Read more about him and see other sculptures he has made by clicking here. He is also listed in “Guest Artist Galleries” in menu on the right. His web site is http://www.johnpkennedyartist.com/sculpture.html


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