Thursday, August 09, 2001

Wire twisters become artists

This workshop just for kids

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

[photo] Wire sculptor Benjamin Allen, 7, of West Chester, displays the dragonfly he's refining in a workshop at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        HAMILTON — For several hours Wednesday at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Jim Killy was surrounded by kids who were, one could say, totally wired.

        Mr. Killy, a sculptor and Miami University art professor, led a workshop in which children transformed lines into three-dimensional wire shapes.

        “I've tried to create a situation where they can find creative ways to use lines or drawings in three dimensions,” Mr. Killy explained. “They had no resources other than some slides I showed them; then they generated their own ideas.”

   • Trough Gardening with Miniatures: noon Monday. A master gardener will help participants develop color spots for their gardens. Cost: $12-$15.
   • Fossil Finders! Keepers!: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Participants will search park streambeds in a fossil treasure hunt.
   • Metal Casting Workshop: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18. Experiment with the casting process and make molds to produce metal tiles.
   For information or registrations, call 868-8336.
        Most kids experimented with drawings on paper first, then twisted and turned the wire to bring new dimensions to their designs.

        Most of the children tried their hand at making snakes, lizards, turtles and even a pop-eyed frog. Another sculpture depicted a leaf perched on a wire coil.

        “Mine's a battle-ax from Roman times,” said Josh Burton, 11, from Collinsville.

        Jarrod Carley of Cincinnati held up his two creations. One, he said, was a dream-catcher. He then looked at the other: “I have no idea what this is.”


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