Sculpture By Stephen Kishel

All you need is Love

“All You Need Is Love” These 5 words embody the Roots of the Green Movement to me. My wife and I are very active recyclers in our community, Bluffton, SC. Each week when we drop off our Plastic, Glass bottles, paper, cardboard and metal cans at the recycle center we are confronted with a mountain of scrap metal (stoves, dryers, washing machines, refrigerators, lawn mowers and exercise machines). This waste of resources represents the worst of our cheap, disposable, commercial driven society. This country is becoming known for its alarming and embarrassing waste of resources, and this is for the entire world to see. Greedy for market share drives manufactures to make cheaper products with build in obsolescence, vanity plays it’s part too with the desire to have the latest and greatest of everything, these are just a couple of many things that are driving the developing world down the tubes. Yet, there is hope for the future, and I hope to play my part sharing that hope. One of my favorite expressions is: What you do speaks so loud, that I can’t hear what you are saying! During the 60’s & 70’s I was a Hippie, not because it was hip or groovy, but because I believed that the world was in a routine that was turning into a rut. People were not growing closer together; on the contrary the world was dividing into a very dangerous place. Our jewel of a planet was being ruined. In fact, I think my Generation, as a whole, doubted that there would be a future. While the sources of destruction, were debatable, nuclear war, water pollution, air pollution, & anti-biotic resistant disease. The solutions were not, we needed to learn to love one another, and we needed to get back to basics; food, shelter, and clothing. Everything in excess of this was viewed by us as “The Establishment”. While on one hand I felt like the a person should walk thru life, leaving only foot prints and taking only photographs, and on the other hand I wanted to leave something more enduring than foot prints, I am driven to create sculptures. I am confident that by doing this I can make a positive impact on the present and one that will give to future generations too. They tell a story, “Who am I”, “Why was I here”, and “What we can learn by drawing from the best of others”. I feel this is worth using some of our resources, yet, I wanted to minimize any negative impact, and maximize by good example. I had a spark of inspiration along this line of thought several years ago while purchasing scrap metal from a local manufacturing company that specializes in metal spinning. What if, manufacturing companies worked with artist at the goal of “zero waste”? This synergy would help the artist and the company control cost, save valuable resources, and help communities prosper. The pieces of stainless steel I used to create “All You Need Is Love”, came from the part of metal spinning, that usually ends up at a scrap metal yard (If I had not used it, the metal would have been cut up, loaded onto a railcar shipped to a smelter and eventually end up being rolled into sheets of metal again, this would have used a lot more energy to process, and then even more energy by me, to cut the sheet into shapes, that I could use to create my sculpture). Perhaps synergistic recycling should be the goal. We could call it “Holistic Manufacturing”. By shortening the cycle life of scrap, we would yield more cost effective use of our resources. Perhaps a scrap tax (forgive me for suggesting another tax) needs to be implemented on Industry that is wasteful, because, necessity is after all the mother of invention. Weather, it was necessity that inspired me to create green, or the thought of adding to iron mountain at the recycle center, I do not know! I would just rather save resources than waste them. As an example; when our cloths dryer broken down for the last time and I bought a new one. I looked down at the dead dryer waiting to be hauled away and thought, “it’s just the right size!” So like a young boy I proceed to take it all apart and extract the dryer drum. Then, after wrapping the drum with some scraps of recycled foam core material, some plastic mesh and a top coat of color matched stucco it was done. The same sort of thing happened when I was working on a sculpture commission that shipped to Coral Gables Florida. This one is built on our old washing machine drum. You see, it broke down too, we tried to repair it but when that failed, we decided it was time to get a new energy saving model. This has already saved us energy, and it worked out beautifully for my clients sculpture because he wanted to be able to turn the sculpture occasionally, so I utilized the double drums of the washing machine and now the sculpture can be rotated, keeping my art clean and green. See also the Blue (green) Crab made from a recycled direct TV satellite dish.

Dimensions: 5' tall on a 2' tall base
Materials: Brushed Stainless steel
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