Buffed steel sculpture on a revolving pedestal. Areas of the body reveal alien muscle and tendon.

Steel, Paint, Electronics, Triumph Spitfire Front End (All lights function).

6' Tall / Base 4' 9" x 5'

Alien History

    I started out making a base for a candle holder.  I was forming a shallow steel dome for the stand which turned out looking like a large alien forehead.  
    And that’s how she started. 
    So I went with it.  Where the face would be, I welded in an oval shape that I torch cut out from a 12” wide pipe with a 3/8” wall to start the face, adding in eyes and lids and working my way down into the chin and jaw line.  I created the facial features and profile by welding in chunks of steel and carving it with a die grinder and flex shaft.  I continued over the crown of the head welding together pieces of 1/8”plate steel until I finished the entire head.  I just couldn't stop there, so I sculpted in the neck and continued with the construction of the body. 
    From the shoulders down into the thighs I used over 80' of steel tubing and rods of various sizes forming her skeleton underneath.  Her arms and legs are made of steel tubing that was bent, cut, pounded to taper and welded.  I then welded in more steel rods, added more skin, which is made from 1/8” plate.  And in various areas, I welded in more steel chunks, carved, ground and polished them to add to her definition.     
    Originally, her legs were much thinner, like those of a spider.  So I built them out with more steel rods and added skin over that.  If you look through the anatomy in the open areas of her thigh and calf,
you'll see a portion of the original leg size.  I didn't add the feet until I knew what she would stand on.  I pictured the front of a car cut to look as though it were buried in the ground with just one front side toward the sky (a portion of the hood, fender and head light) with her standing on top of it and the head lamp casting a beam of light upon her body.  As though it were far ahead in the future, and technology had fallen.  But I found something with a different twist.  A car with another theme and a name appropriate for this being. “SPITFIRE”   
    The hovercraft was made from a 1968 Triumph Spitfire hood I removed from the car in a wrecking yard. 
    To contemplate and build the entire sculpture, construct the hood into a hovercraft above and below, repair the dents, bondo, sand and paint took about 5 months.  The entire piece rotates 360 degrees on a heavy duty steel stand, and all lights function.
    I refer to Spitfire as she.  But I built her to have certain masculine characteristics to insinuate a touch of both sexes.  To have the complete awareness of duality in being...  unalienated to self... one with complete freedom. 



1968 Triumph Spitfire hood.  Bought from a wrecking yard after the car was in an accident. 

A regulated power supply for converting lights from car battery operated to 110 volt plug in.

Fenders were cut off and 1 1/4 steel tubing with 1/8” wall was welded on.  1” tubing was welded
underneath to create a cage for reinforcement and a platform made to hold the power converter.  All lights function.  A fan was installed to cool the converter.  The hood mounts on a heavy duty steel stand and turns 360 degrees.  The hovercraft was painted by a professional auto body shop.