Walter May • 2015 - 2019 • Sculpture

Hermit • 2019
Hermit • 2019

34" x 33" x 36"h. • A section of tree trunk is surrounded by burnt bentwood and supported by a wood bowl.

Hermit and Chandelier • Summer 2019
Hermit and Chandelier • Summer 2019

Installation of "Hermit" and "Chandelier" at Paul Kuhn Gallery

Chandelier • 2019
Chandelier • 2019

18" x 25" dia. A collection of small oil cans attached to a steel griddle and hung from the ceiling with a length of chain.

Blue Black Stack • 2019
Blue Black Stack • 2019

A stack of stained and burnt wooden bowls partially enclosed in a glass dome is placed atop an industrial pedestal.

Blue Black Stack • 2019
Blue Black Stack • 2019

Detail of "Blue Black Stack

Base Bowl Brace Beads Branch Bowl • 2019
Base Bowl Brace Beads Branch Bowl • 2019

34 1/4" x 27 1/2" x 55" h. • A stack of objects described in the title sits on a wheeled platform.

Base Bowl Brace Beads Branch Bowl • 2019
Base Bowl Brace Beads Branch Bowl • 2019

Detail of "Base Bowl Brace Beads Branch Bowl" • 2019

Empty Elevated • 2018
Empty Elevated • 2018

36" h x 4' dia. A chipped cast iron cauldron repaired with bronze attachments. This piece originally shown in 1988, has been elevated by placement upon a wooden "X" shaped platform.

Empty Elevated and Table Sculptures
Empty Elevated and Table Sculptures

An installation view of "Empty Elevated" and a group of five small sculptures on a narrow table at Paul Kuhn Gallery..

Small Sculptures on Table.
Small Sculptures on Table.

An arrangement of five small sculptures ( "Torch", "Twine", "Spout", "Pipe" and "Dogleg Saucepan") on Table. Installation at Nickle Galleries, 2018.

Torch • 2017
Torch • 2017

23.25" h. x 8.25" dia. A blowtorch and a truncated wooden cane are encased in a glass dome.

Twine • 2017/18
Twine • 2017/18

29 1/2" x 10.5" • A cylinder of baling twine is encased in a glass dome. A burnt wooden cane penetrates both the dome and the twine. A wooden stopper sits atop the dome and partially covers a small tag which reads "Pull here"

Spout and Pipe • 2017/18
Spout and Pipe • 2017/18

Spout • 13.25" h x 8.25" dia. A broken spout from a Brown Betty teapot is attached to a piece of natural wood which is displayed on a wooden plant stand. Pipe • 22" h x 11" dia. A white pipe is nestled in a piece of natural wood, which is encased in a glass dome.

Dogleg Saucepan Elevated • 2017/18
Dogleg Saucepan Elevated • 2017/18

Approx. 32" h. x 14"w. x 6 1/2". • A cast iron flange supports a bent branch and an enamel saucepan, A bunch or burnt wood grapes is balanced on the handle of the saucepan. Private collection.

Black White Heavy Light • Bond House • 2018
Black White Heavy Light • Bond House • 2018

Approx. 14' x 4' x 5" Fifty-one Ball peen hammers rest on 2"x 3" boards supported by cast iron pipe flanges attached to the wall. Forty-three of the hammer handles have blackened steel hammer heads and burnt handles, the remaining eighteen hammer handles are whitewashed with polished heads. Private collection.

Black White Heavy Light • 2018
Black White Heavy Light • 2018

Detail of whitewashed hammers.

Breach • 2018
Breach • 2018

Front Piece: 8 'L x 2' w. x 3' h. Two 4 x 6" fir beams riding on small casters are bolted around a stone slab. On one side of the slab is piled a lump of cement. Extending from the centre of the sculpture is a 2 x 2" board which supports a small burnt then washed piece of driftwood which acts as a counterweight. Wall Piece: 2' w. 3' h. x 1'd. A pile of cement is laid on a stone slab and covers a the bottom of some kind of tool.

The Hatstack • 2017
The Hatstack • 2017

Dimensions: approx: 19' high x 28" diameter at centre of base. 33 bronze hats stacked brim to brim and crown to crown with a cast cement base. Located at Le Germaine Hotel, 9th. ave. and Centre street S. Calgary, Alberta.

Hatstack detail: 2017
Hatstack detail: 2017

Detail view of Hatstack with base.

Cane Bundle • "Dog Toy" • 2016
Cane Bundle • "Dog Toy" • 2016

A wooden branch that has been thoroughly chewed by dogs and a wooden tool handle painted red and yellow are attached to a wood cane by a wrapping made from a metal measuring tape.

Cane Bundle "Blue Bottle" 2016
Cane Bundle "Blue Bottle" 2016

A spiral section cut from small tree or vine is wrapped around a thin white cane with a metal ice grip attached to the bottom. A small blue glass bottle is threaded into the base of the vine.

Cane Bundle • "Strut on Cane" • 2016
Cane Bundle • "Strut on Cane" • 2016

43" h x 5" w x 2.5" d. A partially burnt wooden cane is attached to an aluminum canoe strut painted to resemble birchbark with a burnt knob at the bottom. A wooden file handle with green paint is passed through a metal conduit bracket and screwed into the wall.

Return to Totem with Duct •  2016
Return to Totem with Duct • 2016

Approx. 7' h x 15 ' w x 2' d. A found warped 2 x 4 is bolted to the wall with galvanized iron pipe flanges. Above the 2 x 4 hangs a handmade galvanized extraction duct plugged by a burnt mallet at one end and a burnt bowl at the other.

Return to Totem with Duct •  2016
Return to Totem with Duct • 2016

Detail of galvanized duct with attachments.

Still Life with Canes
Still Life with Canes

6'6" h x 8' w. x 30" d. The remains of a heavily pruned tree is pinned to a perforated metal table by twelve walking canes. The table is covered in plaster and latex paint. All of the canes with one exception have been burnt. Collection of the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary.

Object Lessons • 2016
Object Lessons • 2016

Installation view of "Hooped", "Beam, Bowl, Burl" and "Scavenger and Forager" at the Glenbow Museum.

Hooped • 2015
Hooped • 2015

32.5" w. x 24" d. x 30"h. A burnt bentwood chair is contained in a metal windsock hoop.

Hooped • 2015
Hooped • 2015

Detail of "Hooped".

Beam, Bowl, Burl • 2015
Beam, Bowl, Burl • 2015

42" h. x 22" w. x 26" Across the top of a reclaimed wood beam are laid two burnt canes. The canes support a burl and small burnt bowl. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Plank • 2015/16
Plank • 2015/16

8'8" h. x 16" w. x 15" d. A wood plank has been partially burnt and adorned with several wood bars and handles. Attached to one side of the plank is a found handrail made from galvanized pipe.

Dry as a Bone • 2015
Dry as a Bone • 2015

52" h. x 20"w. x 6" d. A cast iron pedestal supports a block of cedar and a smaller block of steel. Resting on the steel block is a cast bronze bowl containing a twisted wood vine upon which is balanced a sandblasted wood bowl.

Dry as a Bone • 2015
Dry as a Bone • 2015

Detail of "Dry as a Bone".

Good Wood, Bad Wood and a Cane • 2015
Good Wood, Bad Wood and a Cane • 2015

101"w. 30" h. x 9" d. The trunk of a poplar tree with a partially burnt hollow interior is pinned to a fir beam with a burnt cane.

Good Wood Bad Wood and a Cane
Good Wood Bad Wood and a Cane

Three quarter view of "Good Wood, Bad Wood and a Cane".

A Proper Walking Stick • 2015
A Proper Walking Stick • 2015

45" h x 24" w x 16" d. A block of wood from a reclaimed fir beam is placed on a metal stool. Leaning against the beam is a piece of burnt driftwood encircled by the hooked portion of a wood cane. Across the top of the beam is laid a short length of planed and stained wood from which is hung a blue glass bottle. Private Collection.

A Proper Walking Stick • 2015
A Proper Walking Stick • 2015

Alternate view of "A Proper Walking Stick".

Quintet • 2015
Quintet • 2015

59" h. x 15" w. x 13"d. A sculpture comprised of a heavy steel bracket bolted to a partially burnt laminated wooden slab. The bracket supports a sturdy branch to which is attached a green file handle and a trowel. The construction is placed on a two legged burnt pedestal.

Quintet • 2015
Quintet • 2015

Detail view of "Quintet".

Quintet • 2015
Quintet • 2015

Alternate view of "Quintet".

Anchor • 2015
Anchor • 2015

A short wooden beam which sits at an angle on the floor supports two canes and various copper, steel and wooden plugs. The sculpture can be tilted to feature one side or the other.

Anchor • 2015
Anchor • 2015

View of "Anchor" tilted to display the other side.

Warsaw Axe • 2015
Warsaw Axe • 2015

17" h. x 21"w. x 7"d. A fireman's axe held in place with a magnet is balanced atop a painted steel compressed air canister. Private collection.

Warsaw Axe • 2015
Warsaw Axe • 2015

"Warsaw Axe" installation at Paul Kuhn Gallery.

A Proper Trowel • 2015
A Proper Trowel • 2015

26" h. x 19"w. x 5"d. A trowel is placed atop a cottonwood branch which is connected to a yellow propane canister.

Underwood • 2015
Underwood • 2015

35"h x 70"w. x 16"d. "Underwood" aka "Underbrush" and "Crotch". A bentwood chair sits atop entangled branches. A second chair of similar design but missing the seat, sits over the crotch of a double tree trunk whose top surfaces have been stained different colours.