Walter May • Early Work

Empty • 1988
Empty • 1988

"30" h x 4' dia. A cast iron cauldron chipped along the rim has been repaired with three cast bronze inserts.

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"Full" & "Empty" & "Skin" • 1988/89
"Full" & "Empty" & "Skin" • 1988/89

Installation of three works at Paul Kuhn Gallery. "Empty" (foreground) A cast iron cauldron chipped along the rim has been repaired with three cast bronze inserts. "Full": 5'6" h x 2' dia. A short length of tree trunk, (yellow cedar) has all surface cracks or fissures repaired with aluminum auto body filler. Wooden tool handles are inserted wherever a knot is evident. "Skin" (background).

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Skin • 1987
Skin • 1987

Approx: 9' square. Metal sheathing stripped from a warehouse door is hung from a steel rod. Collection of the University of Lethbridge

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Bones • 1989/90
Bones • 1989/90

The interior of a metal clad warehouse door is supported by carved sandstone blocks. The edge of the door has been punctuated with square wooden pegs. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Bones • 1989
Bones • 1989

Alternate view of "Bones." Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Iron Hand • 1989
Iron Hand • 1989

6" h x 5' w x 8'2" d. Three steel rods with circular ends are threaded into a thick steel push rod. The piece is elevated by five round rocks placed within the circular openings in the sculpture. Collection of the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary.

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History • 1989
History • 1989

Approx. 7' h x 3' w x 2' d. Five steel hooks and a handmade steel shovel are hung from the bottom edge of a galvanized metal washtub. Collection of the Glenbow Museum.

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Myth • 1989
Myth • 1989

Approx. 5' h x 30" w x 3' d. A tapered cone fashioned from tape coated in silver paint protrudes from the underside of a galvanized metal wheelbarrow tray. Collection of the Glenbow Museum.

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Wisdom and Folly • 1989
Wisdom and Folly • 1989

Each component approx: 14" h x 16" w x 8" d. Two steel objects are presented on sandstone shelves. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Drawing Out the Form • 1987
Drawing Out the Form • 1987

Installation view of the exhibition at the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary.

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Behind That Tree: Wicket • 1987
Behind That Tree: Wicket • 1987

Approx. 9"h x 8' w x 3' d. A slab of rough cut fir is attached to the wall by a wrought iron railing through which is threaded a coil of copper pipe. Bolted to the top of the slab is a short piece of conduit which transitions to a black pool cue. A lightweight branch protrudes from the foot of the sculpture.

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Behind That Tree: Wicket • 1987
Behind That Tree: Wicket • 1987

Three quarter view of "Behind That Tree: Wicket".

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Behind that Tree: Weetigo • 1987
Behind that Tree: Weetigo • 1987

10' h x 12' w x 4'd. A rough cut wood slab is connected to the wall by conduit from which is hung an bundle made of a thick branch wrapped in stained sections of tree roots. To the right side of this construction two square sheets of galvanized metal are nailed to the wall, one which presents a conical "nose" and two painted "eyes". To the left side of the piece a longer section of root and a small oval stone are fixed to the wall.

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Behind that Tree: Weetigo • 1987
Behind that Tree: Weetigo • 1987

Alternate view of "Behind That Tree: Weetigo".

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Behind that Tree: Meander • 1987
Behind that Tree: Meander • 1987

9"h x 14'w x 4'd. A rough cut cedar plank with a natural edge is attached to the wall by conduit which transitions into several long tree roots. In addition a copper ring with radiating twisted aluminum cable is fastened to the inner curve of the conduit. To the right of this construction two galvanized panels are nailed to the wall. One of the panels is painted with a transparent green diagram.

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Behind that Tree: Meander • 1987
Behind that Tree: Meander • 1987

Three quarter view of "Behind that Tree: Meander".

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Archangel • 1987
Archangel • 1987

Approx. 9' h x 5' w x 8'd. A tapered section of tree trunk and a delicate loop of root are joined to a galvanized pipe which is screwed to the wall. In front of this construction a long flexible root extends from the tip of a heavy steel cone.

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King, Queen and Throne • 1987
King, Queen and Throne • 1987

Approx: 7' h x 14.5" dia. • 6'6" h x 9" w x 8.75"d. • 8'9" h x 23.25" w x 13.75"d. "Queen" is comprised of a cast metal disk which supports a circular arrangement of twisted aluminum cable gathered into a perforated metal cylinder and capped by a grey lava rock. "King" is composed of copper pipe and a sheet metal cone treated with a verdigris patina and topped by a lava rock. "Throne" has a steel base which holds a lava rock and a wood panel. A branch protrudes from the top of the panel.

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"Arcade" installation • 1987
"Arcade" installation • 1987

Overall size approx: 10' h x 12 ' w x 7' d. This installation in five parts is composed of a small steel disc, a long flexible root, copper pipe, a stainless steel chair frame, a large lava rock supported by steel legs, galvanized pipe, a small section of trunk from a tropical plant, a conical nose-like cone made of veneer, two tropical plant stems joined at the roots and a copper coil.

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Ensign • 1985
Ensign • 1985

10' h x 7 ' w x 6' d A warped 4 x 4 painted silver is attached to the wall by a length of conduit which then passes through a crumpled piece of sheet metal. Two small branches are attached to this structure as well as a short length of warped and stained 1 x 4. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Dugout • 1986
Dugout • 1986

Approx. 9' h x 5' w x 2' d. Sheet metal scavenged from a battered canoe is attached to a metal bar which supports a stump. A copper pipe with verdigris patina delineates an area around the sheet metal form.

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Fountain • 1986
Fountain • 1986

8'6" h x 4' w x 4' d. Two pieces of painted conduit trace an arc from the wall to a lava rock. Adjacent to the rock a steel ring supports a conical shape described by heavy twisted aluminum wire.

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Open Ended • 1986
Open Ended • 1986

Approx. 5" h x 3' w x 2' d. A painted cylinder of sheet metal contains a strip of curled wood veneer. Attached to the front of the cylinder is a bronze sprue with a verdigris patina. Also attached to the cylinder is a series of short brass rods.

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Banner & Standard • 1984
Banner & Standard • 1984

Installation of work at Paul Kuhn Gallery.

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Standard • 1984
Standard • 1984

6' h x 18" w x 18" d. A piece of untreated veneer is pinned to a length of warped and stained 1 x 2 . Bent conduit wrapped in a nest of bent branches protrudes from the front of the sculpture.

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Banner • 1984
Banner • 1984

6' h x 10" w x 18" d. A piece of firewood stained orange is held against the wall by two curved steel bars. The bars also support a wood arch upon which is draped a piece of yellow and green stained wood veneer.

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Lookout • 1984
Lookout • 1984

8' h x 5' w x 6' from wall. A veneer hoop encircles a warped 4x4, which is connected to a black pipe and a small branch. The warped beam is connected to the wall by a piece of bent conduit which transforms into a rubber hose. Collection of the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.

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Poler • 1984
Poler • 1984

A warped 4 x 4 is connected to a length of bent conduit leading to a planed section of natural wood. A strip of wood veneer is attached to one side of the 4x4.

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Guard • 1984
Guard • 1984

9' h x 5.5" w x 2' d. A steel grate and two overlapping pieces of wood veneer are fastened to a warped beam. The top of the beam is wrapped with green nylon rope and is connected to the wall by a short piece of conduit.

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Model • 1984
Model • 1984

9'6" h x 3' w x 2' d. Wood veneer with lathe straps, a curved metal slat, and a stained branch are attached to a warped vertical 4 x 4 which is fixed to the wall by a short length of painted conduit.

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Upstanding Supports • 1979
Upstanding Supports • 1979

10' h x 7' w x 7' d. A flat wooden wall is supported by a warped wood structure. Front view.

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Upstanding Supports • 1979
Upstanding Supports • 1979

Warped wood structure. Rear view.

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82 x 2 x 4 • 1980
82 x 2 x 4 • 1980

82' Long 2 x 4 A number of warped 2 x 4's are spliced together end to end.

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Walled off Hysteria • 1978
Walled off Hysteria • 1978

8" h x 12' w x 12'L. Drywall on warped wood framing. Front view.

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Walled off Hysteria • 1978
Walled off Hysteria • 1978

Rear view of warped wood framing.

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Gold Black Magic • 1976
Gold Black Magic • 1976

12' L x 12" h x 14" w. A warped 2 x 4 is connected to a twisted 2 x 12 and coloured with black stain, pearlescent gold paint and crackle finish surfaces. Collection of the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary

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Gold Black Magic
Gold Black Magic

Restored 2017.

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