Ice Flame, 2009
• carrara petacchi marble & basalt
• 68” H x 12” W x 12” D (173cm H x 30cm W x 30cm D)
• collection of Mr.& Mrs. J. Kewley, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
In 2008, Michael Binkley lived and worked in Pietrasanta, Italy for the month of September. Before returning to Vancouver, Binkley made arrangements to buy Carrara marble for several stone sculptors in British Columbia, Canada. The sculptor shipped the blocks back in a container, and sold it to them. But one of the sculptors decided she did not want to claim all she had spoken for after the fact. Her financial situation had changed from the time of ordering and she could only afford a portion of the block she had ordered. So Binkley had to split a portion from her block, which came away as a wedge shape.
The resulting 200 pound shard was knife sharp at one end and fat at the other. Binkley saw a flame of fire hidden there. The edges at the pointy end were jagged and that led the artist’s eye to try to make them smooth and undulating instead. He carried the theme down the block and then rounded the bottom to return the viewer’s eye back up.
Once completed, Binkley thought it would be prudent to honour the then upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and title it “Ice Flame”. A flickering flame frozen in winter white marble.
This sculpture now resides in a private collection high above the West Vancouver, BC, Canada seawall in a highrise home, with the backdrop of English Bay.