Sculpture made with Yule marble

Yuletto

Yuletto

Karen Combs and a friend at the opening eventThe sculpture is a person wrapped in cloth. The marble is mostly white but has some gold and green areas. Perhaps Yuletto’s wrap makes her feel protected (hugged) emotionally but the viewer can see that it is not substantial so maybe the viewer knows more about the situation then she does. A song from the play “Into the Woods” comes to mind.   There is a great lyric sung by the Red Riding Hood character: “Do not put your faith in a cape and a hood, They will not protect you  the way that they should…. “I have the feeling that Yuletto hasn’t quite learned that yet. …still she has a lot of inner strength, dignity, perseverance and calmness.The sculpture is placed in a large room within a bank of windows that looks out over a big sky and desert landscape. The house and the base were designed by Stephen Boelter. I’m not making this up when I tell you that the day we installed it a full rainbow arched across the landscape.The couple who commissioned this piece chose a 250 pound stone from Marble Colorado and drove it out to Wisconsin for a sculpture. Karen named it “Yuletto” because the name of the quarry is “Yule”, they really like Christo’s (wrapped art), and “ette” is a feminine suffix (dude-ette).

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Photo from opening announcementby Poem by Jules Wolf Stenzel
you name it permanance
this slice of crystalline limestone
though I know it to be a kind of motion
metamorphosism
slower than our hearts beating brief ennui
slower than millenia
we are its blink–
your work
merely quickening its progress
pieces falling away like
paths sidetracking ambition
fragmenting off the form
the assumed solidity
of permanance
is actually its transformation through this
little earth, little galaxy
the swirl of the marble: the echo of the milky way,
the echo of DNA
here, linking us, we chip away at the shape
of foretelling
I envision you
focusing, clarifying
zooming in on planets, galaxies, dreams, hope in the
thought of the sculpture
I envision your body wrapped around it like a lover
wrapped within it like an enchantment
the cool smoothness you give it: the snag
it hooks you by
and when you look away
out of the corner of your eye
you see yourself
polished within

Completed: 2006
Dimensions: 6″x 8″ x 36″
Materials: Yule Marble (Also used for the Tomb of the unknown soldier and the Lincoln Memorial.)
Collection: Karen Combs
Grand Junction, Co

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Deb Vandenbroucke

Deb Vandenbroucke

I am a sculptor who lives in Madison, Wisconsin. I carve stone primarily. Most of my work is created on a commissioned basis. Thank you for visiting.