10/08/2013 07:57 am ET Updated Dec 08, 2013

Featured Fifty Fine Arts: Spacescape #6

Kirk McCoy has dreams of Space. The idea that Saturn is his father is not an alien concept. We are one with the universe, and the connection that Kirk feels expresses itself in his stone carvings. You can see more Spacescapes here.

Believe it or not, this is a sculpture carved from a single piece of natural stone. The stone is quarried about 150 miles NNE of Las Vegas. You may notice the resemblance to the colors of the Grand Canyon. As the layers of the Canyon were forming -- we're talking a couple of billion years ago -- molten silicates broke through the layers from underneath, liquifying the strata and hardening the resultant formation. The stone is unique enough and so recently discovered that it doesn't have a technical name, just the trade name 'rainbow rock,' and I've started referring to it as Farrago.

I say believe it or not because few people can believe that the sculptures are what I claim them to be -- even if they are watching me work. The chairwoman of the town Watercolor Society came to visit my studio after a story appeared in the local newspaper about my work. I was working on a piece in front of the studio, raw rock around the entrance and finished pieces in the studio. As I was explaining my process to her, I was spraying water on the work piece. She turned to look around the studio and remarked, "I'd like your work so much more if you didn't paint it." I pointed to the rough stone and sprayed the piece again as I told her that it was the naturally occurring color of the stone. She turned around to go to her car, told me that "You can't do that," and sped off.

The piece is 26 x 16 x 16". With the pedestal it stands 52" high.

I know the name Kirk McCoy doing "Spacescapes" sounds like a put-on, and I've had enough Star Trek jokes to last a lifetime, but it's my name and I'm sticking to it. I'm 59 and have been carving this type of stone for 30 years. I think the stone work opens up a new path for sculptors. After all, 3D printers are going to flood the market with knock-off-able work and I'm pretty sure that this medium resists that. I see what I'm doing as a conversation with a person of strong, surprising character.


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