Nicki’s Dream & GMO Heifer – Michael Seymour

Michael Seymour from Santa Rosa has two sculptures on display, one in Cloverdale and the other in Geyserville as part of the 2015-2016 Sculpture Trail. Seymour creates his sculptures out of steel. According to the artist, "Steel sculpture is a paradox. It yields under heat and hammer almost fluid, yet incredibly unforgiving when cold. Its creation becomes a deliberate and conscience decision."

"Nicki’s Dream," inspired by Seymour’s daughter’s love of horses, started with an armature by cutting, piecing and welding steel pipe and tubing, creating a virtual sketch. Next the Core Ten steel skin is hammered and tacked and forced in the shape of a grazing horse to be enjoyed. "Nicki‚Äôs Dream" is 6 feet high x 3 feet wide x 8 feet deep and weights 200 lbs. This sculpture is located at 21551 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville.

The sculpture in Cloverdale is "GMO Heifer". Again, this sculpture was created using mild steel pipe, tube and sheet stock. Sheet stock is common to any welding shop or scrap steel yard. It is only through the eye of the sculptor that it is elevated, repurposing, reshaping and reinventing it to create an abstract vision. The Cloverdale sculpture as stated by the artist; "My abstract vision is a frankencalf! My concept, an abstract expression of what a genetically altered calf might look like. It was made with the desire that all who view it and read the title might stop and think twice". "GMO Heifer" is 4 feet high x 3 feet wide and 8 feet deep. This interesting sculpture is located at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market location on Cloverdale Blvd. between E. 2nd Street and 3rd Street. The sponsor is webmelt.com.

Photo by Jude Gibson Byers