Rock Cairn – Abstract Sculpture 004


Free standing abstract sculpture of a rock cairn using hand carved EPS with oxidized copper and iron.


Free standing abstract sculpture of a rock cairn using hand carved EPS with oxidized copper and iron.

About This Unique Abstract Sculpture

I moved on from larger sculptures for a short bit and made a few smaller sculptures in a similar style.  This one was meant to emulate a rock cairn, a pile of rocks typically used to mark waypoints (directions) in the wilderness. This one has five separate rocks balanced on each other, threaded over an iron rod coming up from a metal base built into the lowest EPS rock.

Perfect for an entry table, hearth or mantle .. or it’s own pedestal.

How I Make My Abstract Sculptures

I use recycled polystyrene (also known as Expanded Polystyrene or EPS) as the foundation for my sculptures.  There are wonderful environmental benefits (less plastic in the landfills) and it is an incredible flexible media.  Once I figure out the basic design for a series of pieces, I prep a flat base for the Rust Blocks, canvas for the 3D Paintings or a heavier weighted base and metal armature for the 3D sculptures.  The major construction is adding large and small chunks of EPS to these bases and shaping them with a hot knife, a torch or a heat gun.  Then I use several different materials, including cement, acrylics, sand, rocks and others to produce an intriguing texture.

The finishing includes a variety of metal patinas, acrylic paint, iron and copper (the latter two of which are oxidized). The entire sculpture is then coated with a polyurethane that seals in the final colors and protects it from fading.  More information and videos of my process can be found here on my website.

In refer to my art by many names: upcycled art, mixed media sculpture, 3d wall art, 3D sculpture, rusty art, wall sculpture, abstract wall sculpture, abstract wall décor, abstract sculpture, repurposed art, textured artwork, wall décor art, eclectic art, contemporary sculpture or polystyrene art (pick whichever ones YOU like!).

One thing it is for sure is unique.  There is nothing else like it (that I have found) in the world.  Thank you so much for your interest in owning a piece of something special.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 21 × 10 × 11 in


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