• indiana limestone
• 24” H x 36” W x 12” D (61cm H x 91cm W x 30cm D)
• private collection, Whistler, BC, Canada
“Bubbles” is a sculpture that Michael Binkley wanted to have fun with. He was inspired by a bunch of grapes and wondered what a large group of spheres of different sizes would look like as a stone sculpture. The central sphere appears to be rising up as if from a gooey mass. Floating out in opposite directions are other spheres of varying sizes. One direction upwards, the other downwards, but neither ends touch the ground, and the composition generates visual tension. It was a good exercise for the artist to carve spheres freehand.
The spheres have a fine file finish and the matte surface gives the limestone the ability to successfully hold shadow. Binkley carved “Bubbles” from limestone quarried in the state of Indiana, USA. This particular limestone has been used for centuries as an architectural stone. The Empire State Building in New York City is veneered with this stone, as is the Pentagon in Washington, DC. But the stone is a wonderful sculptural medium, too.