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James Douglas Cox

Praying Mantis
Stainless Steel

5' x 32" x 56"

Located at Mother's Brewing, inside the fence by the southeast entrance

"The Praying Mantis" is taken from a series of 3D wooden puzzles. I thought it would be interesting to enlarge them and build them in stainless steel. These were some of my first larger scaled sculptures. I did about 6 sculptures in this series. I feel that this early series was essential in my development, to find my own voice. This was piece was finished 21 years ago.

The sculptures I make have to be aesthetically pleasing to me because I can spend anywhere from 200-300 hours on each of them. I work for the Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, MO. I go in to work 2 or 3 hours early to work on my sculptures so the piece has to keep my interest for 2 to 3 months. When I make a model of a potential sculpture I place it in my office then I will change things and add to it until I think it's ready to build. I still change things even during the building process. Over the years I have learned from each and every sculpture I have made sure that there is always room for improvement. The message or meanings of my artwork I leave to the viewers on there own terms.

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