Walter May • 2000 - 2009 • Selected Works 

Puff • 2009
Puff • 2009

10" h x 5" w x 9"d. A wooden pipe suspended from the wall emits a small burl. Private collection.

Kitchen Cupboard • 2009
Kitchen Cupboard • 2009

Various Dimensions. One of a series of 14 sculptures collectively titled "Cuttings, Prunings" produced at Chateau Mathieu in Normandy. Each construction is comprised of one or more handles from discarded or broken tools attached to pieces of wood (firewood) previously collected from local trees.

The German Door • 2009
The German Door • 2009

Various Dimensions. One of a series of 14 sculptures collectively titled "Cuttings, Prunings" produced at Chateau Mathieu in Normandy. Each construction is comprised of one or more handles from discarded or broken tools attached to pieces of wood (firewood) previously collected from local trees.

Ivy on Jug • 2009
Ivy on Jug • 2009

Various Dimensions. One of a series of 14 sculptures collectively titled "Cuttings, Prunings" produced at Chateau Mathieu in Normandy. This construction features an Ivy vine removed from a piece of firewood and transferred to a plastic jug.

Window Sill • 2009
Window Sill • 2009

Various Dimensions. One of a series of 14 sculptures collectively titled "Cuttings, Prunings" produced at Chateau Mathieu in Normandy. Each construction is comprised of one or more handles from discarded or broken tools attached to pieces of wood (firewood) previously collected from local trees.

Rude Sculpture • 2009
Rude Sculpture • 2009

Various Dimensions. One of a series of 14 sculptures collectively titled "Cuttings, Prunings" produced at Chateau Mathieu in Normandy. Each construction is comprised of one or more handles from discarded or broken tools attached to pieces of wood ((firewood) previously collected from local trees. Private collection.

Kitchen Wall • 2009
Kitchen Wall • 2009

Various Dimensions. One of a series of 14 sculptures collectively titled "Cuttings, Prunings" produced at Chateau Mathieu in Normandy. Each construction is comprised of one or more handles from discarded or broken tools attached to pieces of wood (firewood) previously collected from local trees.

Honens Sculpture • 2009
Honens Sculpture • 2009

Overall dimensions vary. A four part sculpture commissioned for the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition. This work is arranged on four piano benches and can be exhibited in a variety of configurations. Materials include 4 piano benches, blue computer cable, a metronome in a glass dome, a sheet metal model of a grand piano, children's shoes and speakers. Collection of Honens

Honens Sculpture • 2009
Honens Sculpture • 2009

Four benches in alternate arrangement.

"Sleepless Nights" Installation • 2008
"Sleepless Nights" Installation • 2008

An installation of 28 digital photographs (13" x 18") of abandoned campfires with a selection of 10 objects partially dipped in tar and hung from brass bead chain. Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Cards • 2008
Cards • 2008

Detail of a deck of cards dipped in tar from the "Sleepless Nights" Installation.

Baby Shoes • 2008
Baby Shoes • 2008

Detail of baby shoes dipped in tar from the "Sleepless Nights" Installation,

Pin Pine • 2007/2008
Pin Pine • 2007/2008

19' 6" L x 15" dia. Wooden tool handles are inserted into the trunk of a jack pine wherever there was a knot. The tree is hoisted at an angle by a coated steel cable which is attached to a plastic float filled with buckshot, thus converting the float into an anchor of sorts. Collection of the Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary.

Bookkeeper • 2008
Bookkeeper • 2008

Approx. 50” w x 60” h x 30” d. Bookkeeper (foreground). Early twentieth century bankers table upon which is mounted a stylized brass trophy head of a stag with curiously flatten antlers. The central portion of the table which previously contained a writing pad has been resurfaced with cracked clay. "Scavenger and Forager" (background).

Bookkeeper • 2008
Bookkeeper • 2008

Bookkeeper: top view

Tar Mop and Root Mop • 2008
Tar Mop and Root Mop • 2008

Tar Mop: 81" L x 23" h x 10.5" w. Root Mop: 65" L x 10.5" h x 9"w. A roofers mop dipped in tar with a round wooden support is placed next to a root ball attached to a wooden handle. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Scavenger and Forager • 2007
Scavenger and Forager • 2007

34.5" h x 76" w x 18"d. Two bentwood chairs hung upside down on a wall. Each contains a bundle of sticks. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Black Shoes • 2008
Black Shoes • 2008

Two pairs of black leather shoes each stuffed with a a block of charcoal.

Umbrelli • 2007
Umbrelli • 2007

Two umbrellas, each approx. 30" in diameter containing natural charcoal and figurines of brass deer and other grazing animals.

There and Gone • 2005
There and Gone • 2005

Installation of 60 (11" x14") digital photographs and "Disturbing Construction" at Gallerie Klimy, Warsaw Poland.

Disturbing Construction • 2005
Disturbing Construction • 2005

A sculpture constructed of various objects including a bentwood chair, brass stag,tripod, mini DVD player with 3D animated campfire, propane tank with cast metal legs and natural charcoal, and electrical cables.

Vaudeville • 2005
Vaudeville • 2005

A sculpture made from a bentwood chair frame, wooden tripod, a large umbrella containing natural charcoal and a brass stag ornament.

Pyroscopy • 2004/2005
Pyroscopy • 2004/2005

An aluminum tripod supports a mini-DVD player which displays a video loop of smoke and flames emitted from the top of a chimney at a lumber mill. A bucket joined to a section of galvanized duct contains speakers which provide a soundtrack for the video. All the components are connected by cables and wires.

Pyroscopy • 2004/05
Pyroscopy • 2004/05

Alternate arrangement of "Pyroscopy" components.

Racks • 2004
Racks • 2004

4' h x 8’ w x 10” d A shelf fashioned from a 1/4 cut birch log supports a tableau of ornamental brass deer. Above the shelf is a row of inverted hammers with whitewashed wooden handles attached to an eight foot long 2" x 3" stud.

Incinerator • 2003
Incinerator • 2003

13' 6" h x 24" w x 7' d. A circular stack of firewood supports a galvanized metal duct, which in turn supports a scale model of an early twentieth century incinerator building with an enlarged smokestack. A small non-functional generator is visible within the model of the building. Collection of the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary.

Incinerator Nickle • 2003
Incinerator Nickle • 2003

"Incinerator" installation at the Nickle Galleries, 2014.

Incinerator • 2003
Incinerator • 2003

Detail of the model of the "Incinerator" building.

Wisdom & Folly Matches • 2003
Wisdom & Folly Matches • 2003

Two frames approx. 8" square each. Two shadowbox frames filled with burnt matches. Private Collection.

Float • 2002
Float • 2002

A three part sculpture composed of a copper float with oak fid, a snail shell atop a burnt pitchfork impaled in a block of wood, and a double bladed axe balanced on a natural sponge.

Float • detail • 2002
Float • detail • 2002

30" dia. x 42" h. One component of the three part installation "Float," consisting of a copper sphere and a wooden fid.

Sink • 2001/02
Sink • 2001/02

68” h x 145"w x 23 d” A steel pressure tank is suspended from the drain of an industrial stainless steel sink that is supported by steel legs. The sink contains the remains of a slender tree partially buried in ash.

Sink • 2001/2002
Sink • 2001/2002

Top view of "Sink".

Grindstone •  2002
Grindstone • 2002

78" h x 40" w x 26" d. A frosted wireglass vitrine supported by steel legs contains a pedal operated grindstone in a half burnt, half whitewashed wood trestle. Collection of the City of Calgary.

Grindstone • 2002
Grindstone • 2002

Alternate view.

Display of Forks • 2002
Display of Forks • 2002

102" h x 76" w. x 48" d. Twelve pitchforks and twelve bone china teacups are arranged in a sheet metal display rack. The rack is placed on a pedestal comprised of a sheet of glass, plastic barrels and strapping. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Knockout • 2002
Knockout • 2002

18"h x 15'6" w x 6.5" d. 105 claw hammers with burnt handles are hooked over a 15' long two by four. Collection of the Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary

Knockout • 2002
Knockout • 2002

3/4 view of "Knockout."

Snail Table (aka Shell Game) • 2002
Snail Table (aka Shell Game) • 2002

140” w x 40” h x 88”d. A restored metal office table displays an arrangement of snail shells partially covered in sifted ash. Below the table is a carpet of empty sandblasted wooden bowls.

Snail Table •  2001
Snail Table • 2001

Detail of "Snail Table."

Snail Table • 2001
Snail Table • 2001

Thirteen snail shells partially covered in sifted ash are placed on a enameled metal table. A plastic bucket containing additional snail shells is suspended from the edge of the table. Created during the Braziers' International Artists Workshop, in Oxfordshire, England.

Group Portrait • 2001
Group Portrait • 2001

The footwear of 27 participants in the 2001 Braziers International Artists Workshop, is placed on a frosted glass skylight above the central staircase of the historic Brazier's mansion.

Group Portrait • 2001
Group Portrait • 2001

Alternate view of footwear arranged on the Braziers' skylight.

Buck • 2002
Buck • 2002

Approx. 18" dia. The interior of a metal basin is coated with mortar. A brass deer is suspended from the edge of the basin. Private collection.

Transet • 2000/2001
Transet • 2000/2001

8’ 10"h x2' w x 7'd. A small stainless steel tripod is linked to a wooden surveyors tripod by a dramatically curved branch

Transet • 2000/2001
Transet • 2000/2001

Alternate view of "Transet"

Damaged Goods • 2000
Damaged Goods • 2000

40" h x 8' w x 33" d. A cracked travertine limestone table top supported by steel legs displays a heap of claw hammers with burnt wood handles. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Damaged Goods • 2000
Damaged Goods • 2000

Detail of the sculpture "Damage Goods".