Friday, June 27, 2008

A visit with Clay Foster - Part III

After The Nasher Sculpture Center, it was time to head over to the Dallas Museum of Art. We wanted to walk through the Pre-Columbian exhibits. The museum has a pretty good collection of art from Central and South America.

First things, first, though --- lunch. This audacious Chihuly display was in one of the large windows of the museum cafe.

After lunch, we went up to the third floor to walk through the exhibit of art from the Americas.

This figure was truly impressive to see, but I couldn't get a good photo in the low lighting. The expression is wonderful and I wonder what kind of blessing it was invoking in this gesture.

Jars or jugs with wonderful surface textures.

A variety of vessels. One wonders about the one that is shaped like a leg.

An ancestor totem.

A fertility figurine. Even with the blurred photo, it's a powerful effigy.

Ok - not pre-Columbian, but pretty cool anyway.

This isn't a dachshund effigy - it's a pig pot from Indonesia. Looks like a doxie to me, though. Well, it's what Emma wants to look like if she reaches her goal of eating so much that her feet can't touch the ground. Hmmmmmm - that seems to be the general goal of many people who I've been seated next to on small airplanes. . .

An elevator grille from the Chicago stock exchange, ca. 1893.

A very interesting chandelier from France, made by Albert Cheuret.

We left the art museum at around 3 pm to avoid the traffic rush out of Dallas. Clay then drove us to Denton so that I could see the work he did on a Catholic church there. He did the doors, altar, and furnishings - all in his signature style. Penny did the stained glass work for the doors.

The altar is very impressive and has an air of ritual just in the appearance. I'm sure it fits the bill as the center of the Catholic liturgy.

If Clay were the preacher, I'm sure the parish members would have to do some thinking. . .

The podium can adjust to different heights, and it is beautifully made.

Chairs and tables made by Clay, also.

These doors are impressive and inspirational.

The candle stand was also made by Clay,

as was this cabinet,


and frames for the stations of the cross.

This is my kind of church - beautiful, spacious, and designed for multiple purposes.

Clay gives a sense of scale for these doors. They open easily even though they are so large.

The other side of the doors with bronze palm fronds as handles.

I am so glad I was able to see this in person. I had seen pictures, but it is so much more impressive in person. Congratulations to Clay and Penny on such an excellent installation.

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