The Big Red Candy Apple by m.c. Carolyn

Cloverdale has in past years enjoyed the sculptures of M.C Carolyn of Healdsburg, and already her sculpture "The Big Red Candy Apple", in the 2014-2015 Sculpture Trail, has received many comments. M.C. describes, "This sculpture as a combination of my visual statement about the joy of seeing the world’s largest candy apple, and the choice of the shape of a Gravenstein apple. This variety of apple produces fruit that is round and delicious. What could be more appealing to the eye as true "’eye candy’ "? This sculpture, which makes you smile, was sponsored by Mail Center, Etc., and is located near the corner of Cloverdale Blvd. and E. 2nd Street.

The Apple sits atop a marble stone base. The base is an unusually rare find and provides a contrasting texture to the smooth candy apple. This travertine stone was chosen by M.C. for its warm red hued earth colors, crystals and a wide variety of textures. The sculpture weights 4,000 lbs. with most of the weight in the base. Thanks to Randy at Eagle Tech the base was moved down a steep mountain road to Cloverdale Blvd. The next step in installation was placement of the base and then apple by the very competent hands of Craig Johnson and Dylan Mills of Cloverdale Public Works.

M.C. explains her work; "Through years of working with stone and other materials to make figurative, functional or informative works, I have always strived to create art that is unusual. If it is a figure it will go beyond a body casting and visually talk of the human condition. As a functional public art seat/bench, for instance, I will incorporate energies, memories of the person/institution/environment that commissioned the work. By inventing a sculptural medium using commercial construction foam & water based 2 part epoxies covered by enduring acrylic auto paints I have added a large possibility for creations. I am also involved with series of paintings that ask questions about the human condition using a 2D format that allows me a different kind of visual freedom."