by angeliska on March 9, 2009

The Texas Biennial opened this weekend here in Austin,
to great fanfare and folderol- very exciting indeed,
but most thrilling of all was seeing my sweetheart’s
work literally emerge over the last six months
from raw elements into an intimidatingly beautiful creature.

This is Emergence, Jr. – the maquette Colin created
to model the large sculpture on. This, and the following
photographs (except for the last two, which are my own)
were taken by our friend Chip Warren– a very talented photographer!
You can see his great series of images from the install here:
The Emergence of Emergence

Colin welding among the tentacles..

It is amazing to me how steel can seem so malleable,
so like flesh or frond. Seeing firsthand the process that
it takes to create that effect is incredible. Colin is really
a master at shaping metal into graceful forms that echo
primordial plants or ancient marine creatures.

On the dark and stormy day of the install at Butler Park,
I kept seeing shades of tales from H.P. Lovecraft
as this strange Cthulhu-esque was birthed piece by piece.

Sparks fly; grinding one last bit..

The finishing touches were added as the sun was setting.

Every mark on those tentacles was put there by the man I love
swinging a hammer with great force- I have so much admiration for him,
watching him work so hard night and day to bring this piece to fruition.
Many of his friends and family also devoted much time and sweat
to the endeavor- we are so lucky to have such a kick-ass community!

Emergence – Colin McIntyre, 2009
(Alas, this was the best shot I could get in the gloaming- more to come soon!)
It really is so astounding in person- if you live in or visit Austin, I highly recommend
a picnic at the site, and don’t forget to pack the squid + seaweed salad!
If you happen to be a collector, or know of any with a penchant for large scale
metal sculpture- don’t hesitate to get in touch as this piece is for sale.
More photos from my flickr can be found here:


Hello! First of all, thanks for your comments! I have been into Uncommon Objects so many times…that place is absolute heaven. I bet I have bought something from you there! Next time, I’ll keep a look out (I’ve seen some pics of you on your blog). On another note. I cant believe I popped by your blog today, because I saw your honey’s sculpture today while I was running! I saw it and thouht, “What a beautiful sculpture!” and I thought of octopi and squid! I love crazy coincidences like this!

by Katy Horab on March 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm. Reply #

That’s an amazing sculpture! I can only imagine all the work that went into it. If I’m ever down south (I’m up in Ottawa right now) I will definitely check it out. Again, well done!

by Em on March 10, 2009 at 4:48 am. Reply #

It looks like Cthulhu! Ohhhh noooooo

by Flapjacks MacGurk on March 10, 2009 at 6:31 am. Reply #

Oh, it’s beautiful!

by Virginia on March 10, 2009 at 6:46 am. Reply #

WOW!!! I’ll have to make a trip to see it soon!

by amelia on March 10, 2009 at 8:34 am. Reply #

I shall definitely make a trip over there in the next few days! How long will it be up? Heart you!!!

by Nicole on March 10, 2009 at 9:07 am. Reply #

Hooray! Congratulations to Colin! He showed me the mockups whilst you were in nola, so so so amazing!! it looks stunning!!

by verhext on March 10, 2009 at 9:57 am. Reply #

I had no idea Colin was such a genius. Ah, to love a beautiful mind is a beautiful thing. But when the hands can perform the dexterous miracles to bring an idea into the corporeal, well that’s just GOOD SEX!

by Toddlington on March 10, 2009 at 11:14 am. Reply #

its beautiful! i will definitely have to go see it.

by lau on March 10, 2009 at 11:34 am. Reply #

It’s really beautiful.

by Stephanie on March 11, 2009 at 5:05 pm. Reply #

Oh it turned out beautifully! I look forward to seeing it in person.

by Bean on March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm. Reply #

beautiful!!! i cannot wait to see it in person. tell colin congratulations for me…and i can’t wait to come over and spend some time with the both of you….love, p

by Patience on March 13, 2009 at 11:35 pm. Reply #

Well done, Colin!

by Whimsy on March 14, 2009 at 8:19 pm. Reply #

So much good stuff on this blog!

by wrennybird on March 15, 2009 at 12:03 am. Reply #

That is a magnificent sculpture!
Your sweetie is very talented!
A beautiful design and such talent to construct it!

by Sue on March 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm. Reply #

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