Friday, 4 May 2012

Driftwood Sculptures by Paul Baliker

It is difficult to even fathom the amount of time and patience it took Palm Coast artist Paul Baliker to create either of these magnificent works of art. Whether you have an interest in driftwood or not, you have to admit these are impressive.
Oceans 11th Hour is Baliker’s effort to call attention to the peril that the world’s oceans face. “We need to take measures right now to quit polluting and overfishing,” said Baliker. “We’re in the 11th hour and time is running out.” The sculpture stands eight feet high and ten feet wide and is also made from Florida Cedar.
A Matter of Time represents the relationship between man and the ecosystem. Created from dozens of pieces of recycled Florida Cedar, the sculpture features more than 40 animals surrounding a representation of man, who holds the fate of the planet in his hands. Baliker calls it “a career piece” that took him six months to create. It measures 13 feet in diameter. It recently placed fourth among hundreds of entries in the ArtPrize 2010 competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The driftwood used to create both pieces was found on the islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast between Cedar Key and Homosassa Springs.

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