• kootenay marble & granite
• 64” H x 9” W x 9” D (163cm H x 23cm W x 23cm D)
• collection of Mr.& Mrs. Larry Page, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
In 2004, Michael Binkley destroyed a large scale sculpture titled “Monolith” that he had carved in 1991 from a piece of marble from the Kootenay region of BC, Canada. He split the former sculpture into smaller pieces and made other sculptures from those pieces.
“Adoration” is one of the sculptures. As the split piece was tall and thin, Binkley was restricted on dimensions and this inspired the slender composition. He wanted to create an image of a mother holding her infant and connect the two figures with a continuous edge. This linear edge gives the sense of hooded drapery, akin to historical religious imagery of the Madonna and Christ Child.
The two figures are very stylized, with a simple domed surface to describe their faces and a shadow line to describe the mother’s eyes and nose. The overall composition of the mother is like a tulip flower and the vertical elongation is accentuated by the striations of the marble.
The sculpture has a silky smooth matte finish that is wonderful to the touch and gives the marble the ability to successfully hold shadows. It is mounted on a thick dark green granite base with an ashlar edge and secured by a hidden steel pin.